Often called White Weed, perhaps Neptune Plant or even Sea Moss, a seasonal cottage industry of white-weeding; the harvest of a fragile coral-like ‘plant’ with rakes, used to be common place across the Estuary. Cleaned, bundled and sold for decorative purposes in the fabled Moss Shop in Leigh or further afield, Waiting Rakes is a new work by Priest awakening these stories. Following a residency at Metal, Southend, collaged histories of found footage supplied by British Pathe and a collectible daily ‘public notice’ SEA MOSS LIVES! in the Southend Echo and Southend Standard during the Estuary Festival, 2016.
With special thanks to CCW Graduate Fund