Ingrid Pollard, Pastoral Interlude, 1988

Britain has traditionally been represented by an idealised rural landscape, the rolling green hills, the farm in the valley, and the sun setting over the wheat fields. The binary opposite lies within the city and its traffic, smoking chimneys, teeming hordes, that are constantly encroaching on the countryside. This work disrupts such simple common-sense notions by placing issues and British identity over these polarities. Ownership of land, commerce, economic development, and English involvement in the Atlantic slave trade are elements in this work that look at the construction of the Romantic countryside idyll. Balanced with a representation of single figures in the landscape that challenge assumptions identity and ownership. Pastoral Interlude is held in the National Collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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