Newlyn Gallery & The Exchange, 2023
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I rock my
Pool, of mind.
I, the crab, so
If only the shell
brittle and bright
and forget my own.
Podcast: Hidden Brain, Shankar Vedantam
deep aqua tidepool
looking down I see soft clouds
– sky held on water
Writing haiku is a growing part of my art practice as I try to sum up the essence of my experiences and observations of the littoral space. Often the haiku become titles of paintings.
‘Your body is an ancestor’ by Sophie Strand
“Around 2.7 billion years ago free-living prokaryotes melted into one another to form the mitochondria and organelles of the cells that build our bodies today. All you need to do to honor your ancestors is to roll up like a pill bug, into the innate shape of safety: the fetal position. The curl of your body, then, is an altar not just to the womb that grew you, but to the retroviruses that, 200 million years ago taught mammals how to develop the protein syncytin that creates the synctrophoblast layer of the placenta. Breathe in, slowly, knowing that your breath loops you into the biome of your ecosystem…”