Travel has been integral to my life since crossing hemispheres from New Zealand to Britain in the 1970s and subsequent journeys by motorbike, car, bus, van, boat, train and plane in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa. I am interested in movement between places – as passage – marking time by passing through, and in the journey itself as a suspended space of liminality and dislocation.
Walks and Memory
For many years walking in the rural and urban environment has been an important part of my drawing practice, providing the most basic way of putting a mark on a place, and as a means of exploring notions of movement and temporality, particularly between places I have known. The locations provide ‘surfaces’ for recording my presence while serving as mnemonics for triggering memory, both conscious and random. I am fascinated by the complexity of the memorial potency of familiar places and the notion that the ‘drawing’ touches back, leaving a trace or residue. Moving back and forth between two points, some walks simply create invisible lines in space, while others produce drawings in the land: walking and measuring; cutting; staking; digging and trailing materials, such as ash and pigment, string and thread. The processes are recorded in notebooks and documented through drawings, digital photographs and video.
view Drift Walks /Ghost Walks / Mourning Walks / Line Journeys