I am a story tracker. I track stories through time and place to find contemporary songlines. Within Britain many old stories have drawn lines across our landscape and left traces embedded in the topography. These traces are the memory of a place, the heritage of the earth we walk on, and compile our collective dreamtime. As an artist, my role is to unearth the songlines of a landscape and make visible the ways in which they explore the interconnection between the human and the more-than-human-world (Abram 1996, 2010).
My research involves gathering of stories, histories and scientific analysis of a place; a process of site-based learning and embodied practices including attentiveness, observation, deep listening (Oliveros 2005), walking, and spending time with a specific place for a designated length of time (usually 24 hours +); and an ongoing invitation for involvement and dialogue with the local. I aim to make work that is of rather than from a place (Lippard 1997), and paying close sensory attention to the more-than-human-world is vital to my practice. As a result, my work is as much about the creation of experiences, as objects, and aims to act as an invitation for the audience to become actively involved with the world.