Veronica Thornton opens her studio in Cambridge, July 2022

The 1953 Flood

Veronica’s latest work is inspired by a storm which swept down the east coast of Britain in Jan/Feb 1953 and caused much flooding and damage. The coastal communities were not warned of its coming and many were drowned as they slept. Low lying areas such as Jaywick and Canvey Island, housed in prefabs after the war, were particularly badly hit.

Veronica uses fragments of clothes, materials from the post war era, and details of maps which are embellished together to suggest a particular time and place.

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