About this project
During lockdown following the Covid-19 pandemic, along with so many of us across the world, I faced the prospect of being corralled at home. Plans for making a swim in the English Channel were shelved and I needed to develop a new way of making work. In this work, I wanted to enact and make plain my sense of frustration and confinement. I set up a 10ft pool in my back garden and tethered myself on a tight harness to the fence. This meant I could continue to swim, but with each stroke through the shallow water I remained almost stationary. Much of my work deals with the themes of nostalgia and memory as well as the rawness of wild encounters. I realised I could investigate these ideas by projecting previously made films into the pool and then swimming into the footage. A doubling occurs in this new work, almost a mize en abyme, in which I follow my own image back into waters previously swum and therefore back into my memories of those specific wild encounters with the sea. This work was shown in ‘Wilderness for the Mind’, an online exhibition organised by the Wilderness Art Collective.