Working with discarded clothing – a material that carries with it cyclical histories of land, worker, consumer and waste – I break down the garments to create a raw material that is re-formed into solid structures, which are often a response to the environments in which I work.
Intrinsically grounded in the traditions of craft and textiles art, my practice pushes back against an automated, digitised world and hierarchies of labour and material, instead placing value in slow, low-tech processes performed by the body. Using my own body as a site of action and a renewable energy source, I undertake labour-intensive tasks in order to critique the idea of productivity as a measurable output of effectiveness.
In a world where the longevity of human existence as we know it is becoming less certain, the clothing acts as a proxy for the body, and the sculptures become a confrontation, disrupting space; highlighting temporality and fleeting encounters, which underpin the need for new systems driven by our ecological environments and evolving lived/material experiences.
My practice explores the in-betweenness of repurposed materials and built environments, and the energies of consciousness that have been absorbed by these over time. From invisible matter to formal structures, I’m interested in how the man-made can evolve and shift into a quasi-living entity; a reflection of the natural world on which it relies. I re-imagine our material world as neither rigid nor organic - straddling the space between biological and human-made; rural and urban; lived and inactive.