In my childhood home we had a small book case. The shelves contained little to no literature, only non-fiction books like a world atlas, the English countryside, myths and legends, the Oxford Dictionary and Roget’s Thesaurus. Although I loved to read the thesaurus I also enjoyed reading my Dad’s collection of How to Survive books. My optimistically titled favorite was How to Survive a Nuclear War.
The writing in my riso artist book How to Survive on Land and Sea is a tribute to surviving ridiculous situations. Loosely based on my fieldwork as participating observer and writer in residence at the artist-led Rhubaba Studio and Gallery during a period of austerity and social change, I wrote about a group of artists roaming a dystopian landscape on the banks of the River Humber. First the artists band together as the Trajectorians – then hide and observe, creating a revolution in the process.