SITE SPECIFIC |
Venues 15, 22, 26
Various locations: Artist walks
Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September
11.20am Brunstane Station (Sat)
11.35am Brunstane Station (Sun)
(meeting the Borders Train)
2.30pm St Marks Church
Alexander 'Twig' Champion uses the act of walking as his art form. During the Art Walk he will be taking a number of walks both informative about the participating artists in the walk and including his own material; poetry, literature, meditative.
'Twig' has worked with other festivals to create 'Walks' such as Kelburn Art Trail.
I see walking and writing as inextricably linked. My work is entirely built around the act of walking and I find it goes hand in hand with the Japanese aesthetic, specifically Zen.
I walk to gain a meditative mindset finding the creation of short, Zen poems flows easily from that act. In these poems I follow a structure of 3 lines of seven syllables, bearing similarity to a haiku but remaining my own poetic style, adhering to the same Zen rules: wabi (simplicity), sabi (solitude) and mujo (impermanence).
The walk is the work, making it temporal, a hint towards a walking experience never to be recovered. In the gallery I show documentation of these walking moments, usually in the form of Zen poetry.