I have been visiting the French Pyrenees for over twenty years now. It is my hidey-hole and safe haven. I am in love with the forests and the mountains, the brilliant summer light and the depressing winter gloom. The Montagne de la Frau and the Gorges of Fear, Montsegur and Louyre. It was the place that I first read Emile Zola’s La Terre and conceived of the idea to make Gallivant.
The landscape has nurtured me and kept me and it is where I would like my bones to be buried.
In 2006 I was invited to be an artist-in-residence at the Centre Cat’Art in Sainte-Colombe-sur-L’Hers, Aude. Along with two other artists; Eliana Castro and Michael Gluck we spent most of the autumn and early winter immersed in the Pyrenean Landscape.
A very loose brief had encouraged us to ‘investigate the local heritage through contemporary art’. The earth, and in particular the shadows cast upon it was to play an important part on the work that I made. I drew, made performances, took photographs and recorded sound and image onto tape.