Deep in the Woods is a series of images taken in woodland areas close to where I live. These are peripheral areas off of the beaten path. I have been particularly interested in locating spaces that appear to be layered with meaning. These spaces, outside of the main vision, can be described as non-places where movement stalls and memory collects in seemingly purposeless ways. The minor or superficial aspects become prominent and the outskirts of the city and perimeters of the landscape take on new meaning; they entice the imagination to fill it with association. These spaces also epitomize the process of putting difficult thoughts out of mind or of avoiding certain ideas because they may be unsettling or even traumatic (primitive fears about the world). They thus relate to Freud’s concept of the unheimliche: literally the unhomely. There is a strangeness to these wooded areas; if place is a space held in mind then these spaces represent the neglected & repressed aspects of the mind. Within this project location is purposefully kept vague to heighten this sense of dislocation & disorientation.
~ Ongoing series of work in various woods in East & West Sussex