Witching and Wandering
I come from a long line of water-witches. After learning this in an email from my aunt in 2013, I began developing In Blood and Bone, a series that explores my inherited divining abilities and asks more broadly what insights dowsing can bring to our relationships with technology, urban space, the land, natural resources, and knowledge of the body. In more recent works, I ask if dowsing, once used for prospecting water, minerals, ores, and oil, can be repositioned as a technology for remediation? Can the act of dowsing shift the ways in which we negotiate our relationships with the land, water and natural resources? What can dowsing teach us about knowledge of the body?
Works from In Blood and Bone were presented in Far Away So Close Part III, a 3-person exhibition at Access Gallery, Vancouver curated by Kimberly Phillips. A Water-witching Workshop was held at Access Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition. Images from Photos: Emma Metcalfe-Hurst