1 December 2020

three wise women from Africa – walking I am sure! A wooden sculpture in my home.
A friend shared this photo with me today – we made memories together in doing trail runs/walks together – traveled to Cape Town for this run/walk, which goes along Lion’s Head hill and down into the city: – experienced beautiful views of the coast and the city and suffered together on the uphills. We have kept contact and are still walking our own journeys. We supported a local charity around women’s cancer awareness with our pink buffs. Walking is as much about culture, politics as it is autobiographical. 3 December 2020
4 December 2020 Words for walking the line – walking alone is helping me to connect with my thoughts and act freely in my art practice.

6 December 2020 I think it is important to reflect for a moment – I do think material work and learning in my practice is developing. By working on the Momentum Workshop ( Sat 28 Nov, Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights) I have been looking more closely into the things I see. I feel it is though I am looking more intimately at my surroundings, the things I come into contact with. I used old works to explore more, wored on vellum and tracing type materials, , which give the materiality of something hidden, veiled, to be look into….I also work with inks and watercolours. I feel that symbolism comes naturally when I work: the wire fence around our compound is showing me something of interwovenness as well as strength in order to be functional as the object is is supposed to be. My walks have become moments to stop and listen, or look, taking photos or making short videos. I am aware of smells and sounds which differ – soft, hard, noise, pollution, soothing, familiar… Are these fragmented words I could work with?

I started walking at different pace, randomly – sometimes fast to get a good workout and feel energised, other times literary loitering and peeping into open gates, talking to a neighbour or cat/dog or just sitting down on a makeshift bench looking out onto the water canals. I stalk birds and wildlife… my place is opening to me, or am I opening to place?

Found leaves on my walks 7 December 2020, water paint drawings

I read about an artist (Sissel Tolaas) who use smell in her work practice – I used some of the words she created which I feel is significant to my walking practice and the sense of smell that I experience on these walks, depending on the time of day or the place I find myself in::

DADO = dead leaves and compost

FIIGH = bird

KINKALAMIN = smells that comes with the wind from somewhere else

SQAHA = cooked food

Thinking about walking as movement and mobility, movement through space alongside change and through time.

17 December 2020 Shadows in water
18 December 2020 Meditative walking lines – cutting out and collage on mixed media

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