wilderness does is present us with a
blueprint of what creation was about in
the beginning when all the plants and
trees and animals were magnetic, fresh
from the hands of whatever created them.
This blueprint is still there, and those
of us who see it find an incredible
nostalgia rising in us, an impulse to
return and discover it again".
Van Der Post
In a four week residency
in 2002 I worked
with the natural wild garden which forms the
protective belt around Trelissick Gardens,
Cornwall. During this time I made sculpture from
saplings in the woodland and then assembled them
as an installed exhibition in the ornamental
The concept of "
Wilderness - the Dance" is a
response to the wild energy of our planet and our relationship to
landscape. Dancing with the wild natural
forces has a long history in most
indigenous cultures around the world,
empowering their connection to the Earth.
In this context "The Dance" is
a celebration of the natural forms of a wild area brought into
an adjacent cultivated one..
The theme continued at the Kemyel
Crease Nature reserve in 2003, and further developments are