Cornwall and St Ives

I’ve just got back from a week in Newquay in Cornwall, which also gave me a much needed break from my cross-stitch project. I’m starting to look towards my next project now, as I approach the end of this one, and I’m keen to make some more work relating to the sea.

While in Cornwall I spent a night at St Ives, which is somewhere I’ve wanted to visit since I was a child. It was just so beautiful, and I didn’t go there looking for inspiration, but I found it anyway. I took a few photos of things that caught my attention, so I thought I’d share. They’re just quick snaps, but they provide me with a visual record.

I’m pretty obsessed with the sea, and it was the first time I’ve seen it all year. I particularly love visiting working fishing harbours, as I feel that it brings home the terror of the sea, which fascinates me.

There’s a wonderful museum at St Ives, which is an amazing collection of items, and a real cabinet of curiosities. It had everything, from items related to local mining, the harbor, the sea, and the war, to textiles and curios, such as huge locks from local doors.
The most moving part for me was the account from a lady whose father was the sole survivor of a lifeboat rescue attempt. She recalls the night when, as a child, they waited for news and could hardly believe that her father was still alive while everyone else on board had perished. It’s £2 entry to the museum, and I highly recommend a visit if you ever get the chance. Unfortunately there’s no photography allowed though.

Here are some things that caught my attention…

Fishermens Chapels


Huers Hut. This is a hut where someone would sit and look out for Pilchards.


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What particularly drew my attention about this graveyard was how it loks as if it could be somewhere like the Caribbean.

st ives bay

lobster pots P1010275window

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About Sharon Mossbeck

Sharon Mossbeck is a conceptual artist based in Sheffield. Mossbeck's work focuses on themes of death and religion, often presented in a vibrant, hedonistic manner. While based on themes of death, her work is more easily read as a celebration of life while questioning what may happen beyond. Mossbeck works in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture using found objects, photography and textiles. Available for commissions.
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1 Response to Cornwall and St Ives

  1. Lovely photos Sharon. Was down for there in July, so know why you love it! The little Museum was unfortunately closed for repairs when we were there, but did visit many years ago. Love your photo with the lobster pots.

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