Liz Brandon-Jones’s work challenges the concept of the border and the profound impact it has on our everyday life. Borders delineate countries, states and regions, they restrict and control people’s movement. They divide and separate people. They define and shape identity. Yet these boundaries are artificial: a man-made construct based on law and the principle of possession and ownership. They exist as lines on maps, yet how real are these boundaries?
Jones is walking the Norfolk Border, a distance of 300 miles. Starting at the Wash, the journey follows an inland arc bordering Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk before reaching the North Sea. Using public rights of way, the walk criss-crosses the border to avoid trespassing on private land.
She explores the influence of the border line: standing, say in the middle of a winter field of stubble, how does it feel to have one foot in Norfolk and the other in “another land”? Is it like standing astride a time line or the Equator? As she walks she is gaining a greater understanding of what a border really is and how best to convey this experience through art.