My project is an exploration into the relationship we hold with our bodies, focusing on the gut to mind connection.
This body of work began when I discovered I had problems with my gut and I was lacking in vital microbes. In our current climate, we’re bombarded with the conversations of microbes as bad bacteria in the form of sickness and illness, yet there is still so much to learn about the good microbes that can benefit our physical and mental health.
Using different techniques of mindfulness I explored ways I can introduce peace and calm into my body and mind. This included daily walks in nature, automatic drawing, drawing the environment and collecting and re-arranging objects.
Inspired by ancient anthropomorphic ceramic vessels, I explored forms in clay that conveyed a sense of humanised character with the intent of bringing a friendly and positive atmosphere to the project. I work intuitively with the clay, with references to my drawings, collected images and objects, allowing the vessel to form itself.