the spirit wraps around me – nature as a second skin

My solo exhibition at Stapleford Granary near Cambridge opens on June 12th and runs until July 22nd.

What would it be like to experience a deep, sensual immersion in the world around us? Supposing, instead of walking on a footpath or a beach, we were walking inside an every changing kaleidoscope of texture, colour, light and process. Supposing we were literally cloaked in our surroundings?

“Bathed in light, submerged in sound and rapt in feeling, the sentient body, at once both perceiver and producer, traces the paths of the world’s becoming in the very course of contributing to its ongoing renewal. Here, surely, lies the essence of what it means to dwell.” Tim Ingold, Being Alive, essays on movement, knowledge and description

I will be showing two new cloaks, inspired by salt marsh and by chalk stream, as well as cloaks inspired by reedbed, barley field and tideline.

Alongside the cloaks the exhibition includes a series of sculptures and works on paper called Chthon, made using saltmarsh mud. Chthon is one of several Greek words for ‘earth’, referring specifically to that which is under the earth. In English, ‘chthonic’ describes deities or spirits of the underworld.

I spent 18 months working with saltmarsh mud – slick, liquid, shifting – exploring what it does, how it moves.  At the same time this activity has linked in to a chthonic energy – raw, earthy – a planet in crisis meeting an inner, empathetic roar.

These works use saltmarsh mud, in liquid and solid form, to create patterns and sculptures that link the above and the below, the veins and the watersheds, as an expression of this roar, this earthy connection between the human and the more than human world.

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