Sending small bodies out into the world…
My work has always been about being situated as an embodied individual in the world. Sometimes its about exploring that directly whilst I’m ‘out and about’, other times its about reflecting on my developing awareness through making. I’ve constructed life-size body spaces from local materials, and I’ve made smaller bodies that I’ve placed and photographed in different environments.
I’m about to kick off a new collaborative piece of work, that sits somewhere between the two – making simple cloth figures for other artists to use to explore their own local environment – to rub on trees, bury in the ground, tie/stitch things on, write/draw on, whatever they feel they want to.
Three of us are starting this off and sharing documentation of our experiments – Myself, Chris Seeley and Kathy Skerrit – in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, UK and in Cleveland, Ohio in the US. It could grow from there to include other people, or it could morph into something else between the three of us, we’ll see where it goes.
For now its just exciting to be taking a way of working and making it bigger, doing it ‘in community’ with artist friends and colleagues, and exploring further how making and environmental exploration can link, to support the development of different ways of seeing/being with the world around us.