LIVE OFF THE LANDSCAPE
Longlisted in the RDS Visual Art Awards 2022
“I plunged eagerly and passionately into the wilderness, as if in the hope of thus penetrating into the very heart of this Nature, powerful and maternal, there to blend with her living elements.” ~ Paul Gauguin
‘’A people's relationship to their heritage is the same as the relationship of a child to its mother.’’ ~John Henrik Clarke
This work stems from exploration into my family tree and ancient heritage. Drawing on findings of my Quaker ancestors ethos along with personal values, this work is heavily based on slow everyday acts of life and appreciation for all creations on Earth. I have spun yarn and woven from what grows in my garden by harvesting seasonal fibers.
A 3 meter length cotton curtain was naturally dyed using turmeric and athotype printed using seaweed and sunlight. I then scientifically alterd the PH and colour by applying a baking soda and lemon juice solution to create seaweed shapes.
Deriving from this practice, I have been inspired to make bio-plastic alternatives to unsustainable plastic buttons and cutlery using a range of ingredients with seaweed.
My local landscape not only supplies natural resources, it draws on my own heritage and ancestral practices as starting points for reference in all of my work.
I have been making bio-plastic alternatives to unsustainable plastic buttons and cutlery, using a range of ingredients that are found in my garden and local landscape. Using seaweed as a main ingredient, I have experiment with the cooking of bio plastics with potato and corn starch. Through extensive research and experimentation, I have produced a collection of bioplastics ranging in colour, texture and durability. Ingredients used can be found in the landscape and processed, suggesting that we can coinhabit with the natural world and continue our routines through circularity.