"Wilderness the Dance"

Land art at Kemyel Crease

" ... an entrance threshold in an earth tunnel...
a doorway to a garden of fertility and childlike perception...
crossing the river and rising to power and sovereignty...
a journey into exile and the underworld...
the alchemy of bramble and thorn formed into the wings of aspiration...
a transmutation of elements...
and the gateway to Eden... "

A land art and sculpture project with Cornwall Wildlife Trust at Kemyel Crease Nature Reserve near Mousehole in West Cornwall took place in 2003. It took me over nine months to develop and was there for a further six months. It was supported by Arts Council South West, Creative Partnerships, K.E.A.P., the South West Coastal Footpaths, Falmouth College of Arts, Penwith District Council, and with help from the Old Cornwall Society and others.

The location

The plan

The piece was developed on site from August to mid October 2003. Mic Talbot, recently graduated at Falmouth College of Arts worked with me and other members of the team. We launched the project at the Acorn Theatre in Penzance on 22nd October 2003. It was then maintained and on show until April 2004.

 I found a personal reflection of my life's journey in the changes of environment along the 300 meters of coastal footpath through Kemyel Crease woodland. The path suggests a series of "doorways and spaces" which give the feeling of passing through different archetypal chapters of experience.  At one end the path goes through a tunnel of privet over bare earth and at the other a Monterey pine trunk appears dissected by the path.... both suggesting a different type of entrance. Most of the processes and responses I made were to simply amplify what was there between my inner and outer perception of the land.

A slide show of images and words of a year at Kemyel Crease was produced to accompany the exhibition.