Discovering Neroche

Revealing the landscape

Megan Calver

Jelly and Tea  (Be coloured by the landscape)
A Neroche Scheme project supported by Somerset Art Works




Jelly and Tea took place at Clayhidon Village Hall in September 2010.   An open invitation to partake of delicacies and cups of tea fostered a sociable context in which to view a collection of jellies installed in the kitchen.



The jellies, made with unlikely plant material collected on outings in the Blackdown Hills, hoped to clarify the colours of the landscape.  They asked 


Have you ever hesitated to paint a picture or even take a photograph of the landscape wary, perhaps, of representing it in colours other than its own?  Sometimes it is good to allow things to make their own marks.  As the autumnal leaves ‘turn’ on the trees, you may see that the landscape is quite capable of painting itself.

The work’s attempt to ingest the landscape on its own terms (to be coloured by it) found itself running a close parallel to the current interest in good eating and green living that brings renewed relevance to domestic harvesting long practised in established communities.   Jelly and Tea provided a chance to talk with (and be coloured by) a diverse range of people about the nature of our relationship with the environment – not least the difficulty of catching that unexpectedly elusive green.

With thanks to the Clayhidon Friends for extending this project through the kind provision of home-made biscuits and jams on the day.

Important: Never eat an unusual plant without consulting an authoritative reference tool


Discovering Neroche -Revealing the Landscape
by Megan Calver

As placement artist I have been given the opportunity of joining and talking with other artists, gaining from their experience as they work alongside the Forestry Commission to reveal the Neroche landscape.  

I investigate the landscape for myself on foot.  I walk to the hills from where I can get to by bus, on established paths out of surrounding towns and villages and on the Herepath that forges a new common route through.  My feet make sure that the links are there.


Megan with a chair on her head!


I make notes as I walk, my own interpretations kept at bay a little by the pace.  The notes are productive, harbouring ways to take the landscape on its own terms.  A seat might be furnished for the sky, perhaps.  A walking–aid of sorts, to be carried above the head: because the sky always travels with you, keeps pace.  

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