I investigate the natural world for shapes and patterns. Beneath our feet and under our noses is a complex system of interdependency only seen by close scrutiny or through lenses and therefore often overlooked, unseen. I like to discover the remnant, seed pods, bones, shells, things left over once a life-process has occurred. Elements of these forms I abstract, recombine and build on a large scale to make landscapes and inhabitants that are eerily familiar. These sculptures show the strangeness and wonder of the microscopic or minute, drawing attention to the repetitive patterns that build life and complexity, and remain after death.
My choice of cardboard as material has been driven by several factors. It is easy to get hold of, accessable to anyone, not inherently beautiful and is considered ‘rubbish’. Cardboard is man-made; it is dead organic matter.
In these sculptures I transform its bland, flatness so that it becomes round, textured, intricate and surprising; a ghostly reminder, or cellular memory of its organic origins. I draw on to the surface to transform it further, lavishing detail onto what began as rubbish. These sculptures are memorials to the plants that once were, an idea reinforced by the black of the monochrome colourscheme.
In its role as packaging, cardboard is symbolic of the excessively consuming mentality that is devastating the natural world. By re-packaging the packaging I suggest a reappraisal of what has value. Rehabilitating ugliness; re-investing the mundane with significance to challenge perceptions and re-presenting it as thought-provoking and beautiful.
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