I began this enquiry as a proposition to reveal the subterranean landscape of the North West of England. Specifically the brine rivers and voids which have created a legacy of commercial extraction and subsidence.
Ideas emerged about my sense of Place within the landscapes I walked, my walking body as a receiver and how my practice decodes the multi-sensory signals experienced when walking.
What affect does unseen energy have on our sense of Place?
What happens to us as we move through a landscape?
What happens when unheard traces of sound and unseen views occupy the same space?
How does the body decode the natural and man made energies which surround us?
Do these invisible forces connect us or repel us?
Initial research connected me with 2 women: Deborah Bell – artist, walker and water dowser and Dr Rosalind Todhunter BSC PhD – walker, cyclist, Coal Mining Geologist (Retired) and Lecturer Geology / Geophysics (Retired).
3 women’s voices tracing their connections to unseen landscapes through walking.
Each of us with a unique view and connection to the landscape, each decoding through walking, observing and sensing.
An examination of how landscapes are shaped, experienced, valued and imagined will be explored through on going conversations and walks during the course of the project. These conversations are becoming an important thread reshaping my thoughts, expanding the way I understand Place through my walking body.