For this project I revisit the cave environment this time with a personal focus on the sensorial aspects of the spaces within the cave, and the experience of loss of hearing and balance mechanisms on the right side of my body. 

Anthropomorphic calcite formations abound in caves. The dimpled and mottled surface shaped into wavelets, the reflective properties of water encapsulated into the walls we brush past with our bodies. Skin to skin. The hanging form full of weight and dripping water, shaped like muscles and tendons, a body revealed. Internal passages denote shifting, sliding wet ground. 

Labyrinth will be a recreation of a subterranean world, an internal labyrinth, under the earth and in the body, echoing and vibrating, descending through liquid and contorted space.  The cave as a series of corporeal cavities, a journey of sensory experience through dark passages, chokes, vestibules and altering scale. The labyrinth of the inner ear is revealed as a series of twisted chambers.


The audience is encouraged to witness sensorial absence and concepts of the internal body in the intimate scale of a book. 

‘Yet while pondering the unseen aspect of my body, I soon notice another unseen region: that of the whole inside of my body. The inside of my body is not, of course, entirely absent; but it is hidden from visibility in a manner very different from the concealment of my back, or of that which lies beyond the horizon. It is an instance, I suddenly realize, of a vast mode of absence or invisibility entirely proper to the present landscape - an absence I had almost entirely forgotten. It is the absence of what is under the ground. 

The spell of the sensuous, David Abram 

Themes explored 

Sensory exploration relating to sound and balance in enclosed and confusing spaces

Human Echolocation

Sensory deprivation




Drawings and prints in book form




Both images, Great Douk Cave, North Yorkshire, Ann Rutherford

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Subterranean Form, charcoal on paper, Ann Rutherford