Over the years my work has followed a trail of responses to landscape. Exploration of domestic environments, as installation and action has led me out into the wider fields of hill, vale, moor, river and ocean. I engage with landscape through a relationship to body and substance, time and change, essence and spirit, history and story. The seen and the unseen meet within my body as physical presence in place, emerge as making and working with objects and move inside the magic of the written word.
As I physically engage with the land, underneath the responses that arise within my systems, I sense a growing conversation with the great deep layers of rock beneath that hold the story of the earth. I work with the transmogrification of experiential and intuitive information that I receive through body into art. As I stretch the edges of this awareness, I find myself becoming a ‘voice’ of spaces and places between.
I relish the challenge of the edge and stretch of working in collaboration with other artists. I have worked with a rich mix of cross-art form collaborations. Some of the collaborations have continued and developed over a period of many years and others have arisen for specific projects. I work with writers, photographers, filmmakers, dancers, musicians, potters, poets and environmentalists.
The practices of core shamanism are key to my work and to living fully in this world. I have been called by the ancient ways of working within the cycles and phases of the earth and moon. I am entranced by the old old stories that whisper to me, in the turn of mother earth, in the voices in the wind and the songs of water.
At the turn of this year the call of deep dark nights and the longing for sounds that ‘belong’ to place have brought me at last to a wild place of rocks on rock. Here I live amongst ancient trees and mosses. I walk out into the land as badger from her set, slowly weaving my home here following pathways through the touch of my feet and the call of my lungs to the wide clear air. I live in a cottage at the base of a tor within the undulations of a moor where my breath is of the seasons and the water that I drink emerges from the earth nearby. It is time for me to be here.
I work as artist, writer, healer, mentor, teacher and as guardian for Vision Quest.