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The Sea Inside

Myths and folktales about the sea have always fascinated me. During the lockdowns I became instinctually drawn towards working with shells. At this time of restriction, it became a way to connect with the mystery of the underwater world. Once it was possible, I began going to seaside and collecting again but with a different focus. A more in-depth sensing of these places was a profound experience. I was astonished by the diversity of these liminal spaces where water meets the earth and the tiny creatures in these extraordinary homes of calcium carbonate. Making masks inspired by the beaches where I gathered shells became a ritualistic way to re-access the spirit of those places. Combining the masks with movement lead me to collaborate with the video artist Andrew Davies. We created this short film amongst the wonderful chalk rocks of St Margaret’s Bay

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