David Spraggs

David Spraggs

David Spraggs is an artist working with video, sound, image and writing.

His work explores issues and tensions around landscape, identity, history and time.

Alongside his practice he also teaches time-based media and 3D modelling.

David Spraggs lives and works in London.


HD Video / 03:00 min / 2016-2018

‘Wyrd’ interweaves three histories and identities located in and around East Anglia. First, Reawald, the likely incumbent of Sutton Hoo Anglo-Saxon ship burial. Second, Emma Turner, the Edwardian ornithologist. Third, J. A. Baker, bird watcher and nature writer. The historical Anglo-Saxon word Wyrd (meaning personal destiny) is the ancestor word for the contemporary word Weird. Using Wyrd and Weird as lens, the work foregrounds sites of natural and historical significance to explore the creation of landscape and identity.