At the root of my creative practice is a moral sensibility to rework and remediate salvaged waste resources; non-recyclable plastic destined for landfill, brass industrial component parts and lead flashing offcuts collected and given to me from my father.
I am conscious to use what is at my disposal or given rather than new. Having an awareness of the past, where little was discarded but put to a different use, and present-day unsustainable resource consumption. From this guiding principle has stemmed a transformative process whereby the emotional provenance of materials is reclaimed and revealed, thereby reassigning value.
My intention as a maker is to encourage curious speculation and thoughtful contemplation. I invite audiences to pause and intimately observe the fabrication of a true-to-life sculpture of a small blossoming apple tree and pertinent hand-made tools. A decorative sculpture that contradicts its low-resource parts. An emblem of the passage of time and the nature of change. I believe making and made objects offer us the opportunity to consider and critically reflect on the world around us. Every element has been formed by my hands over many months, reminiscent of home away from home. Evocative of my childhood home’s garden and orchard that is a restorative place to me.
It has been my ambition to engage thoughtfully with the act of making and reclaiming waste resources to produce a body of work that encourages audiences to consider the relationship between waste, personal sentiment, and emotional value. The expereince of becoming a maker reminds me I have agency over how I positively contribute to the wider landscape of the world. It has been a labour of love.