There was nothing but land; not a country at all, but the material out of which countries are made.
Beyond the Pale is a touring exhibition that explores territory, land and belonging on the Anglo-Scottish border and beyond. It is inspired by the artist walking the length of this border alone, which covers a region with the most national parks, darkest skies and least population in the country, but also includes the military installations of the west coast, upland hill farming of the Cheviots and the largest human-made forest in the UK.
Beyond the Pale builds a poignant body of work questioning the notion of nationhood and landscape in the 21st century. The photographs can be viewed as familiar pastoral images but also otherworldly, depicting suspenseful and psychologically charged places that radiate their own violent history. The landscapes can also feel timeless, even primordial, offering a sense of permanence that can allay current political anxieties.
Zoe has exhibited nationally and internationally, and undertaken numerous commissions and residencies in Italy, California, Colorado, Nepal, Jamaica and across the UK.