The Returning Tide

“One million known species.
The most familiar of these,
one of the world's largest cities.”

The Returning Tide is a collage series and poetry sequence that charts a constantly shifting city, just over the horizon. Made up of 110 framed playing card sized collages, the series explores the implicitly divinatory nature of map-making, and the gulf between the physical world and our desire to control and categorise it. Taking inspiration from cartomantic traditions such as Tarot, The Returning Tide seeks to look at the practice of symbology through a contemporary lens.

Designed to be gently interactive, participants are invited to move the framed cards around within the exhibition, reworking the text and creating new connections within the narrative.