The Navigation Series: Kemyel Crease 2013. mixed media on panel.
I am drawn to the ways in which we find our way.
‘The rhythm of walking generates a kind of rhythm of thinking, and the passage through a landscape echoes or stimulates the passage through a series of thoughts. This creates an odd consonance between internal and external passage, one that suggests that the mind is a landscape of sorts and that walking is a way to traverse it’.
From ‘Wanderlust- A History of Walking’.
The act of walking is a means to understand our body in relation to the world.
Last year the poet Simon Armitage was moving along the South West coast path, embedded in the landscape, his thoughts and the movement of his body.
I made a body of work looking at what it is to navigate your way through the world, and the different visual means we have to relate the journey.
I went out in a boat from Newlyn, we sailed up a section of the coast and I recorded the features of the landscape, both natural and man-made, that are used by mariners to plot their route and know their place upon it. Kemyel Crease is one of these features. I overlaid a climbing route of dots, another aspect of the walk that Armitage would not see, but that many had traversed.
I made work that featured the stars that were above him on particular dates of his walk- the ancient means to find your way.
My paintings are of another view of Simon Armitage’s progress along his path.