“The plant lapses into mere arid functionalism; it fashions and shapes according to logic and suitability, and with its primeval face compels everything to attain the highest artistic form.” (Blossfeldt: n.d.)
I am constantly challenged by the above quote from Karl Blossfeldt. Passion, protection and preservation for the environment and being inspired by nature are the common denominators explored in my working practice.
I try where possible to up-cycle, or to use found objects – in this way I am giving previously discarded products of our society a new meaning and life.
Following a process of collecting, photographing and observing landscapes, carrying out research and making trial pieces, an idea begins to evolve and develop. This, I feel, is captured by a quote by artist Yoshihiro Suda “…a plant can only live by adapting itself to the environment when its seed is first planted…”.
I never feel that a piece is totally ‘finished’, it is an ongoing journey!
I am constantly re-evaluating and promoting my work. Ongoing research and critique of pieces allows me to develop variations and new ideas.