‘The fullness is like a tidal wave’- Words from Anais Nin.


‘Freak wave’ from the #allatsea project.

‘You must not fear, hold back, count or be a miser with your thoughts and feelings. It is also true that creation comes from an overflow, so you have to learn to intake, to imbibe, to nourish yourself and not be afraid of fullness. The fullness is like a tidal wave which then carries you, sweeps you into experience and into writing. Permit yourself to flow and overflow, allow for the rise in temperature, all the expansions and intensifications. Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them. If it seems to you that I move in a world of certitudes, you, par contre, must benefit from the great privilege of youth, which is that you move in a world of mysteries. But both must be ruled by faith’.

From the diary of Anais Nin, words to a young writer.

All at Sea: Exhibiting chance.


And so it begins..

Or finds form. Over a year ago, on a coastal walk I had the idea of sending art works off to sea, akin to sending off a ‘message in a bottle’.

Much of my practice involves looking at how we navigate our way through life, and the means we have to relate the journey. The concerns of space, place, pace and journeying weave in and out of the variety of disciplines that I employ, and the works I create.

The idea for ‘All at Sea’ has been gaining momentum  since the idea came to me.

The opportunity has now presented itself with a Residency at The Fishermens Mission in Newlyn in October, as part of The Newlyn Arts Festival.

  • I will spend several hours a day  in daily attendance at The Mission, sketching, talking and finding out about tides, charts and other means of navigation from visiting fishermen and regulars. I will listen to tales.
  • I will create small original works, ten of which will then be sent off in bottles (akin to a ‘message in a bottle’). Inside there will also be my contact details, and, if found, the hope would be that whoever finds it could record where it ends up, and know that they are part of a wider project.
  • The work will go with the fishermen that I meet and talk with, and who are happy to throw the art from their vessels at a point they believe will give the bottle the best chance of travelling further afield.
  • An exhibition of sorts may develop, dictated by natural forces of tides, wind and weather- and chance.
  • I am interested in the act of disseminating original artwork using the unpredictability of natural forces instead of those social and cultural (the internet and ‘the art world’ etc).

It feels like all the pieces are now in place for #AllAtSea to happen in a context of connection, both local and global- which I love.



The uphill road to grace- a short film.

Putting one foot in front of the other on two of the routes that lead to Santiago de Compestela, shown at The Waking Path exhibition.

The Waking Path- pilgrimage,journey, place.