My practice addresses the way we interact with space and materials through a simultaneous absence and presence of the body, in order to understand personal responsibility versus collective encounters; imagining a world void of humankind, where our debris forms a new consciousness that grows and shifts like the natural world in which it exists.
The work deals with themes of development and decay, the dual presence of which forms a critique of productivity against the backdrop of growing, global eco-consciousness, and explores the body as a site of action; a renewable energy source.
By performing low-tech exercises with my own body, I push back against automated processes and re-imagine our value systems and material world as neither rigid nor organic; straddling the space between biological and human-made; rural and urban; lived and inactive.
Using multiplicity and repetitive processes, representative of mass production, in juxtaposition with hand-made and artisanal sensitivities, there is a continuous tension indicative of the dichotomy of the individual versus the group. These regularly repeating acts address the patterns and systems that regulate life, and the in-betweenness of space and body amongst natural and built environments.
I’m interested in the language of materials, and how we can manipulate and re-arrange these material properties to find an understanding and truth in objects. Taking clothing as a starting point - as an object that has had an intimate relationship with the body but has been removed and shifted into a new purpose - my practice systematically deconstructs and rebuilds materials to reflect these labour-intensive processes and production. The clothing acts as a proxy for the human form, underpinning the need for new systems driven by our ecological environments and evolving lived experiences.