New Body of work. March 2023.
In a world of conflict; A broken object then mended becomes transitional, each new thread woven is renewed strength and hope.
The materials bracing one another, interlacing and enduring. Joining into something new and vital. Embedded now with the meaning of ongoing, perseverance and healing. It visualizes the possibility of a symbiotic kinship with the land we tread.
I am fascinated by the possibility of choreographing these two materials of earth and fiber together and analyzing this encounter. To me, clay is symbolic of earth and nature; fiber representative the innovation of man.
My hand both creates and breaks their surface. Immediately after I will begin to reassemble and repair through creating a warp and weft around the damage with yarn. Weaving the empty space whole again.
Being both the cause of harm but having the ability to heal acting as an analogy for human impact and our relationship with the natural.
Ongoing ceramics work.
A series of small decorative vessels. Started in November 2022.
Fledgling residency~Oct, 2022
I remember how I used to see, I carry my childhood around with me. I am blessed to still know the ways of play.
The land, I feel, is an entity. It knows and welcomes me.
We observe each other quietly attempting to figure out if we are separate or the same.
It has taken me a while to figure out in words why I do what I do.
To me the sculpture (named hob) is a playful enactment of rememberings, a form born of losing myself in my imagination. These characters emerge from the child's mind, amongst bracken dens and vast fields. We were equals and I was a part of their world. In listening and noticing I welcome the trace of memory.
The instinctual movement in the hands brings process into focus, I am mindful about how I forage and process the material of the land. the marks of my hand in the clay denote my presence and connection. The gathering is thoughtful and quiet. On walks I collect sounds, curating them into a soundscape.
Material is gathered from this local land and that of my own, clay that is dug from the sea on opposite shores, married with the earth of this local woodland. It's important to me to take only what is needed. And after it will be returned.