A theory which has been foundational to my recent work is ‘Tidalectics’. This body of thought looks towards an oceanic worldview, embedded with ideas of place, land, ‘islandness’, and ‘archipelagic thinking’. The term was coined by poet Kamau Braithwaite who has written extensively about the necropolitics of the ocean, and its potency as a metaphor for collective, cultural memory. I feel that water has inherently emotional power; it is a space where both boundaries and rigidity dissolve. The ocean represents the unknown and is a potent site for mystery. It is also a key signifier in the tangible effects of climate change and environmental crisis. This theory stimulated works such as Rhythmic Fluidity.
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