CAMMELL LAIRD RESIDENCY

2000-2001

Work commissioned by Arts Council of England and Cammell Laird Shipyard, Birkenhead

 

YELLOW LINE

 

Her sense of the shipyard’s essentially male ethos triggered her first work, Yellow Line. Thousands of ragwort, commonly found growing along railway embankments, were collected at Ness Gardens and inserted by the artist into several hundred yards of railway track set into the concrete of the dockside. This simple juxtaposition of the yellow flower heads with steel rail was visually very striking. It also introduced an unmistakably feminine sensibility into this male world of hard materials and heavy labour, and at the same time quietly drew attention to the presence there of the past, the railway lines found throughout the yard being today largely disused.