Artist Statement

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”  Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

 

My artwork centers on the connection between human beings and their environment. Through sculpture, installation and picture making I seek to explore the issues surrounding our relationship with the natural habitat, and the continued tension between wealth generation and sustainability. Central to my practice is the choice of materials, which often articulates a range of local and global concerns.

Ideas and concepts from Arte Povera, Land Art and Minimalism have influenced my practice. I seek to refine my expression through the language of materials, placement and form. For example, by exposing steel sculptures to the elements, I can trace the natural degeneration of materials over time, to emphasise the entropic nature of our world. Sheep fleeces juxtaposed to the man-made gallery environment serve as a convincing reminder of the void between our modern existence and the exploitation of our natural environment.

Using materials in their natural, less valuable, state links to the notion that everyday materials, although impoverished, can become art through careful consideration of visual language, highlighting their intrinsic value.