Change of Habitat
Image Size 30cm30cm
This layered etching began as a single dead tree, now entangled in a web created by humans: trappings of a world dominated by technology and power. Birds flee from the oncoming darkness which has started to engulf the image, making it visible only through three circular lenses – the viewfinders of a changing landscape almost beyond repair.
Participation, sharing and socially engaged practice is at the heart of my work and has led me to explore particular themes and processes. My art practice is both installation and print based, it currently researches the themes of ‘Loss of Imagination’, ‘Finding Home’, ‘Mapping our World’ and understanding ‘Nature versus Man-made’. All these themes are derived from my own engagement with the world around me; from the city pavement to the flight pattern of migrating birds; from everyday journeys we take for granted to global travelling and experiencing unfamiliar landscapes. The art and photographs created in my participatory workshops, and the ideas we as a group have formed and reflected upon together are a form of inspiration to me for the print-based work I then produce in the studio.
I am currently interested in developing projects in which nature, science and art collide. I am keen to use nature and the way in which humans process the natural world, attempting to make sense of it through scientific and artistic means as a starting point to create a series of heavily processed prints and etchings.