To the Rocks – Claire Hind

Ravenscar at low tide reveals an extraordinary number of fossils, rocks and scaurs that tell stories about costal erosion. This image captures Claire performing an action with a boulder, Norwegian in Origin, which has been deposited here from the last ice age.
Claire Hind hugging a Rhomb Porphery Norwegian rock. Photo Credit Amalie Iona
Ravenscar at low tide reveals an extraordinary number of fossils, rocks and scaurs that tell stories about costal erosion. This image captures Claire performing an action with a boulder, Norwegian in Origin, which has been deposited here from the last ice age.
Claire Hind hugging a Rhomb Porphery Norwegian rock. Photo Credit Amalie Iona

I walk for long periods of time as contemplation,  in places of geological significance and wrap my body to mould, mimic, and blend with the shape of the natural, temporal landscape. I am interested in how boulders, rocks, mountains, and peak faults have eroded over thousands or millions of years, and how they remind us of our brief passage of time on this planet. I walk to seek out extraordinary shapes; boulders left behind by the last age, scaurs cut deep from 70 million years of coastal erosion. Sometimes these actions are durational, I will stay hugging a rock formation until I must move – when the tide is coming in, as one example. 

I lay with rock formations to feel a physical and textual connection as an intimate, imaginative, meditative experience, and, as an attempt to comprehend geological time and our place in the universe. 

This series began at the end of March 2021, as a remote walking collaboration with Clare Qualmann, to mark us coming out of a dark lockdown. Clare walked in London’s financial district, and I walked the beach at Ravenscar.  We are writing up our reflections for a walking publication The New Poetics of Space for 2022. 

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Claire Hind is a walking artist, interested in the relationship between walking, writing and play. She collaborates regularly with Gary Winters under the name Gary and Claire.  Claire also collaborates with Clare Qualmann and together they have published Ways to Wander and, Ways to Wander the Gallery, Triarchy Press, where they conceived the concept of the Wander Score. Claire has also published with Phil Smith and Helen Billinghurst, Walking Bodies, Triarchy Press. Claire is a Professor of Contemporary Theatre at York St John University.