Metatarsal Walks – Shirley Chubb

Composite digital image with vertical superimposed x-ray image of foot over gridded landscape image
Metatarsal Walk 1 Photo Credit: Shirley Chubb
Composite digital image with vertical superimposed x-ray image of foot over gridded landscape image
Metatarsal Walk 1 Photo Credit: Shirley Chubb

Metatarsal Walks came about as a document of walking with an injured foot during the pandemic. Walking remained a key and enabling part of each day as I visited familiar paths on the edge of the Sussex Downs. Injured during the first summer of the pandemic, I continued to walk, sensing that an eventually diagnosed minor fracture would slowly heal itself. Although painful, walking remained sustaining and prompted a heightened awareness and sense of connection with differing routes as, looking down, I navigated each surface in order to carefully and then more confidently place my foot at each step, fitting it to the landscape. Superimposed X-ray images of my foot blend the medical with the environment, reflecting the sense of healing I felt as my walking merged with the structure of the landscape itself. 

Shirley Chubb’s Website

http://significantwalks.com/ 

https://www.chi.ac.uk/staff/dr-shirley-chubb

Shirley Chubb is a Brighton-based artist whose work focuses on broadening the collaborative potential of the visual arts and involves the use of artefacts, film and digital technologies. She is Emerita Reader in Interdisciplinary Art at the University of Chichester and an Honorary Fellow in the School of Health Sciences, University of Brighton. Shirley’s research is focused on the significance of walking through particular environments and landscapes where she works with physiotherapists and volunteer participants. She was lead researcher on the Wellcome Trust funded Significant Walks project and holds the 2021 Creative Physiotherapy Scholarship at Auckland University of Technology working within the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences.