On completing my five walks into neighbouring counties across each of our land boundaries, I realise this process has given me a unique prism through which to address the three questions posed by Artful Ways.
The time, space and rhythm afforded by taking walks provides room for the mind to make progress, as well as the body. Longer to consider the inspiration presented. Revisiting this process repeatedly, five times, enabled me to develop ideas incrementally, discard them, let them brew, and reconnect with them again. As an artist and an interdisciplinarian I’m revelling in the luxury of choice and freedom about where to take this commission next as I move into the creative phase.
Every place, space and community has its own unique approaches to guardianship of the environment, whether that’s for conservation, exploitation or a both. It’s so important that we strike out beyond our region, outside our box, outside our comfortable space, for ideas – sometimes really far and sometimes really close to home – and make those outward connections, build those relationships. And so we enrich our creativity, our ability to innovate and problem-solve, for the here and now, and for the future.