From a mixed media series, ‘What Remains’, incorporating found objects and organic materials into a concrete/sand/plaster base.
This series of work emerged as a way to explore feelings about The Anthropocene -a geological epoch dating from the commencement of significant human impact on the Earth’s ecosystems and geology.
Using found and organic materials that present themselves to me on my walks, I build many layers, or lamina, creating pages of earth to be ‘read’ with the fingers instead of the feet as we once would have done.
Haptic perception means literally the ability “to grasp something”. I encourage the viewer to close their eyes and run their fingers over the textured surface of each piece to ‘feel’, remember, and reconnect.
“Paying attention acknowledges that we have something to learn from intelligences other than our own. Listening, standing witness, creates an openness to the world in which boundaries between us can dissolve in a raindrop.” – Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass.
My work is influenced by the concept of Wabi-Sabi, an ancient Japanese aesthetic philosophy rooted in Zen Buddhism.
“Wabi sabi is the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete, the antithesis of our classical Western notion of beauty as something perfect, enduring, and monumental.” – Leonard Koren, author of “Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers Esoterica: In decay and transformation is hope.
This series of work will be on display in Kings Road Yard at our open studio days in October.