Ann-Marie Fairbrother is naturally a phychogeographical adventuress having studied a BSc(hons) Geography before joining an artist’s collective with a recycling and community centred ethos, she has a deeply informed understanding of ecology and landscape and has been involved in local food growing and green projects.
Developing her art practice through an MA Art by project she maps deep human experiences into interactions, and sculptural objects often using temporal materials and processes that change, transforming the piece and potentially facilitating a reworking of the artist’s or viewer’s inner experience.
She is a trained Craniosacral therapist considering our body as our own piece of earth, a landscape we can enter, listen to and dialog with.
Drawing the Hidden River is an interactive site-specific temporal art piece, it’s a walk by a river that no one can see, a rich metaphor for all the unseen forces that shape our lives.
Footprinting the river path in a clay slip, pulls up the clay belly of the riverbed to the tarmac and paving shod urban streets of London which the river formed.
The Hackney Brook, one of many of the lost rivers of London culverted underground still flows forgotten under our feet, out of sight, out of mind.
It snakes under houses and roads occasionally spilling out in wet times at the bottom of Stamford Hill and The Narrow Way, traces of its presence are left in street names.
Fleetingly footprints appear recalling the river, making the invisible visible, an act of soft anarchy, mischief, searching.
Work touches into ordinary life and can be found, encountered, and participated with, input is welcomed.
Stickers and postcards sharing a QR code are left along the way linking people to the website which is a workbook of sorts.
There is a dynamic cultural element pulsing amidst all the concrete, tarmac and facades, catchment areas of river systems hold many worlds and a multiplex of narratives continually shifting.
Taking off your shoes and placing the sensitive sole of your foot dipped in mud on hard shod earth recalling the river below is an act of reconnection and human rewilding.
Perhaps as we lament the diminishment of the natural world we can also remember or human nature is intrinsically interlinked, our diversity of being, thinking, experiencing, dreaming, is this being diminished?
Can recovering and recalling ourselves help us facilitate the recovery and enrichment of the greater natural world?