New work to be made in Pembrokeshire in March 2017

The Words Come From the Land, and the Sea Takes Them

In the spring of 2017 I will be making a new piece of work in Pembrokeshire, at Porth Melgan, the beach closest to St David’s Head. Inspired by a story from the Mabinogion the piece will combine text, performance, installation and the environment itself to create a piece which re-wilds the mythic in the Welsh landscape.

In the story How Culhwch won Olwen the young hero Culhwch is set forty impossible tasks by the giant Ysbaddaden Bencawr which he must overcome in order to marry the giant’s daughter, Olwen. Their exchange features a repeating phrase — a challenge — that becomes a rhythmic and poetic chant, which will be written out in the sand across the beach at low tide, every tide for forty tides, day and night:

‘It is easy for me to get that, though you may think it’s not easy.’
‘Though you may get that, there is something you will not get.’

Each time the words are written the tide will come back in and wipe them away, taking them back out to sea with the water and leaving a blank slate for the task to be repeated. After the fortieth tide my task will have been overcome, the story completed and only the memory of it will remain.

I will be making the piece from the 10th March until 30th March 2017 and welcome visitors to view the work. The project is supported by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and the National Trust North Pembrokeshire.

dates: 10th-30th March 2017
location: Porth Melgan, St David’s Head, Pembrokeshire

For more information please contact:

Kenji Lim

Porth Melgan