Summative post

Statement

“Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible Nature. Unaware that this Nature he’s destroying is this God he’s worshiping.” Hubert Reeves

“If all the insects were to disappear from the earth, within 50 years all life on earth would end. If all human beings disappeared from the earth, within 50 years all forms of life would flourish.” Jonas Salk

My work aims to challenge our relationship with nature, how we perceive, connect and interact within it. I wish to convey, through the use of ceramics, the delicate situation in which we find ourselves, incorporating notions such as balance, the irreplaceable and rebuilding. I am drawn to the fragile qualities of ceramics and have created a sculpture which explores the magical, yet at the same time aims to comment on the destructive nature of human error. In our constant quest for perfection and order, we attempt to straighten out the tumbling, spontaneous spirals of life, and losing as a result its very essence. We are not separate from nature, but a part of it, a big beautiful muddle of limbs, thunder and mud.

Context 1 – Manacorda, ‘Radical Nature’ 

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Context 2 – Jay Griffiths, ‘Wild’

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Documentation 1 – Tree faces

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Documentation 2 – fungi fingers

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Context 3 –Kate Macdowell

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Context 4 – Agetha Dyck, Bee collaboration

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Documentation 3 – Gap crit

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Documentation 4 – Making drawers 

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Documentation 5 – Bugs in drawers

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Context 5 – Ai Weiwei’s sunflower seeds

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