THE QUICKENING is a video work was a site specific commission from arts organisation KUNST VARDO (based in Norway), and the final work in a wonderful period of collaboration with multi-disciplinary artist Dawn Felicia Knox.
The wordquickening refers to the moment in pregnancy when the pregnant woman starts to feel or perceive fetal movements in the uterus, it is also said that it is the moment when the soul of the baby enters the body of the foetus and connects for the first time.
This piece was my moment of reclaiming space as a single parent, an awakening of my soul whilst accessing a rich and deep connection to the earth and wild spirit.
THE SITE LONG MEG AND HER DAUGHTERS
A weight of awe, not easy to be borne, Fell suddenly upon my spirit, cast From the dread bosom of the unknown past When first I saw that family forlorn.. Speak Thou, whose massy strength and stature scorn The power of years—pre-eminent, and placed Apart, to overlook the circle vast. Speak Giant-mother! -William Wordsworth
Long Meg and Her Daughters consists of 59 megalithic stones arranged in an oval shape, legend tells that the stones were originally a coven of witches, turned to stone by the Scottish wizard Michael Scott for profaning the Sabbath as they danced wildly on the moor. Many say that the stone circle is imbued with magic and that it is impossible to count the same number of stones twice. If this is achieved, legend says that the wizard’s spell will finally be broken. SEE SOURCE