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Welcome

The remains comprising our present-day environments are overlaid with a weave of unremembered lives, narratives and events, which in a moment can be revealed through even the most mundane objects and surroundings. My work seeks to explore these revelations, through the use of text, movement, image and sound.



High Wood, the Somme. #ww1 #ww1centenary

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Paths

"For paths run through people as surely as they run through places."

Robert MacFarlane, The Old Ways

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Words

And all is always now. Words strain,
Crack and sometimes break, under the burden,
Under the tension, slip, slide, perish,
Decay with imprecision, will not stay in place,
Will not stay still. Shrieking voices
Scolding, mocking, or merely chattering,
Always assail them.

T.S. Eliot, Burnt Norton

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Ghosts

"There at dusk he fell in with a man who appeared to be following the same path, a man who might easily be mistaken for Thomas himself: 'a lean, indefinite man; half his life lay behind him like a corpse, so he said, and half was before him like a ghost'."

Matthew Hollis, Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas

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Landscape

"Landscape was here long before we were even dreamed. It watched us arrive."

Robert MacFarlane, The Wild Places

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Memory

"Thought, like memory, inhabits external things as much as the inner regions of the human brain. When the physical correspondents of thought disappear, then thought, or its possibility, is also lost. When woods and trees are destroyed – incidentally, deliberately – imagination and memory go with them."

Robert MacFarlane, The Wild Places

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Stars

"As physicists have pointed out, it is no accident that we see stars in our sky, for stars are a necessary part of any universe capable of generating us. Again, this does not imply that stars exist in order to make us. It is just that without stars there would be no atoms heavier than lithium in the periodic table, and a chemistry of only three elements is too impoverished to support life. Seeing is the kind of activity that can go on only in the kind of universe where what you see is stars."

Richard Dawkins, The Ancestor's Tale

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Inscription

"Crucial to Bergson was the claim that in this movement of creation, of life and growth, lies the essence of time: 'Wherever anything lives', he wrote, 'there is, open somewhere, a register in which time is being inscribed'."

Tim Ingold, Being Alive: Essays on Movement, Knowledge and Description

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Materials

"The properties of materials, in short, are not attributes but histories."

Tim Ingold, Being Alive: Essays on Movement, Knowledge and Description

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Archive

"Everything about a modern animal, especially its DNA, but its limbs and its heart, its brain and its breeding cycle too, can be regarded as an archive, a chronicle of its past, even if that chronicle is a palimpsest, many times overwritten."

Richard Dawkins, The Ancestor's Tale

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Objects

"Objects contain absent people."

Julian Barnes, Metroland

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Light

"From a real body, which was there, proceed radiations which ultimately touch me, who am here; the duration of the transmission is insignificant; the photograph of the missing being as Sontag says, will touch me like the delayed rays of a star. A sort of umbilical cord links the body of the photographed thing to my gaze - light though impalpable, is here a carnal medium, a skin I share with anyone who has been photographed."

Roland Barthes, Camera Obscura

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Cities

The city comprises "...relationships between the measurements of its space and the events of its past; the height of a lamppost and the distance from the ground of a hanged usurper's swaying feet; the line strung from the lamppost to the railing opposite and the festoons that decorate the course of the queen's nuptial procession; the height of that railing and the leap of the adulterer who climbed over it at dawn; the tilt of a guttering and a cat's progress along it as he slips into the same window."

Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

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Details

"Thus on one occasion, looking up abruptly from the book which always lies open beside him, he remarks that, when one thinks about it, a vast range of unfathomable contingencies come between the logic of the battleplan and that of the final despatches, both of which he knew inside out. Tiny details, imperceptible to us decide everything! Even the greatest battles in the history of the world were won or lost like that. Tiny details, but they weigh as heavy as the 50,000 dead soldiers and horses at Waterloo."

W.G. Sebald, Vertigo

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Roads

"…it is about a road which begins many miles before I could come on its traces and ends miles beyond where I had to stop."

Edward Thomas

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Archive

The website as it was between 2006-13.

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World War I

Images and research work inspired by The Great War (1914-18).

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Family History

My family history research. Murder. Suicide. A soldier lost in World War I and more...

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Research

Research begun in 2006 during my MA in Cotemporary Art, picked up again in 2013.

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Past Exhibitions

Images and accompanying text from various exhibitions and residencies in which I've been involved.

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A Line Drawn in Water

A project begun in 2010 during a residency in NSW, Australia, based on my ancestor Stephen Hedges, transported there in 1828.

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Holocaust

An image gallery of work based on research surrounding the Holocaust.

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The Gentleman's Servant

Research inspired by a mysterious newspaper cutting from 1770.

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Deckchairs

Found photographs of people in deckchairs.

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Goethean Observations

Observations made over recent years.

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