Chthon is one of several Greek words for ‘earth’;  it refers 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, Hunstanton cliff, and coastal chalk and sand, in liquid form, to create mirroring patterns that link the above and the below, the land and the ribcage/lungs as an expression of this roar, this earthy connection between the human and the more than human world.

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