CALLY TRENCH

Institute for Ground Level Mapping & Exploration

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Cally Trench runs the Institute for Ground Level Mapping & Exploration (IGLM&E), which specialises in art based on the exploration and celebration of unnoticed aspects of the urban environment, such as front gates, washing lines, carvings on gravestones, and the emotional atmosphere in shops.

We Shall Meet Again

Cally Trench
We Shall Meet Again
(2019)


A Dictionary of Geographical Features in Late-Victorian and Early-Edwardian Letter-Cut Stone House Names in High Wycombe

Cally Trench
A Dictionary of Geographical Features
in Late-Victorian and Early-Edwardian
Letter-Cut Stone House Names in
High Wycombe
(2019)

Cemetery Botany

Cally Trench
Cemetery Botany
(2014)


Twenty-five Wrought Iron Front Gates

Cally Trench
Twenty-five Wrought Iron Front Gates
(2013)
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Eleven Views

Cally Trench, Eleven Views of
Fiona's Washing Line

(2008)

Emotional Atlas

Cally Trench
An Emotional Atlas of
Friars Square
(2008)
WE SHALL MEET AGAIN is a catalogue of late-Victorian and early-Edwardian hands motifs on gravestones. The bereaved would, as now, choose a design, and the printed image on paper became a carved message in stone. One symbol favoured by the newly-widowed was two right hands - one female, one male - touching for the last time, sometimes accompanied by the words WE SHALL MEET AGAIN: a confident promise of reunion as the beloved left this everyday world for the unknowable and immeasurable expanse beyond death. Cally Trench has [re-]created this catalogue by making drawings from fifteen gravestones dated 1890-1916.
A Dictionary of Geographical Features in Late-Victorian and Early-Edwardian Letter-Cut Stone House Names in High Wycombe (2019): in certain areas of High Wycombe, there are streets of late-Victorian and early-Edwardian 'villas' of moderate grandeur. These houses are mostly semi-detached, and many still have decorative elements such as carved stone heads and flowers over the windows, and letter-cut stone house names above the storm porch. In slightly less grand houses, a single stone plaque may name a pair or terrace of houses. The stone house names are in varying condition: some are essentially unchanged and unpainted, others all but obliterated by weather or unappreciative owners.
Cemetery Botany shows photographs of small carvings of flowers and plants found on late 19th or early 20th century gravestones, and coloured versions that bring the carvings to life. These stone carvings were chosen by mourners to express their feelings, or the character of the deceased, through the symbolism of plants. Some of the carvings are botanically correct; in others, flowers and leaves do not match. Many similar carvings are now decaying and neglected. They do not receive the attention and renovation given to larger grander monuments.
Twenty-five Wrought Iron Front Gates is a spotter's guide to a dying species; front gates are disappearing from our streets as front gardens are converted into parking spaces. Made of wrought iron, with curly and straight lines translated into metal, these gates are symbolic portals rather than solid defences.
An Emotional Atlas of Friars Square is based on an emotional mapping project in Friars Square Shopping Centre, Aylesbury. It aimed to map the emotional colours and patterns of each shop, without regard for the actual interior decor.

Eleven Views of Fiona's Washing Line is a zigzag book, showing a series of photographs taken at different times of the year of a laden washing line. With tumble dryers, few people use washing lines in their garden, and even people who do dry their clothes out of doors often use rotary lines. The washing line strung from a post to a tree with an ever-changing tableau of clothes blowing dry in the wind is dying out.

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