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The grass below - above the vaulted sky
Worlding Project, London 2022

In myth and fairytales the body is constantly in flux – sprouting horns, growing wings, shrinking in size, expanding again, dissolving, turning to stone, turning to tree and turning back again. Such fanciful stories stem from a recognition that we are more than the visible boundaries of the body – we are constantly in a process of becoming, a collaborative venture between body and the world of which we are a part. 

 

Titled after a line from John Clare’s 19th century poem “I Am’, The grass below – above the vaulted sky is an exploration into the interconnectedness of the human body and its more-than-human surroundings; of bodies that are open and porous, constantly changing, shaped by the world in which they exist. As bodies we are incontestably within nature, as opposed to outside of it; leaky, hybrid, multifarious, symbiotic. 

 

Through material exploration, each of the participating artists probe at the body’s boundaries, picturing bodies in fluctuation, formed by and acting with elements of our natural surroundings. Humans interweave with the more-than-human, both active characters in these imaginative explorations.

Worldin Project, London 2022.

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