My practice explores mixed-media processes to capture and embody a personal connection with nature meets culture. The organic materials that I feature and manipulate become abstract objects, design sequences or immersive spaces that use light and form as part of an evolving existence.
Throughout the development of this project maintaining a contrast between contemporary and historical references including William Morris, Gary Hume and Droog Design has been vital to create a balanced yet unusual ‘wallpaper’. I also admired their influence on social and creative change, challenging concepts of ‘the everyday’ and how we interact with the art that surrounds us. Thinking about and responding to the current situation with social isolation, has made me question and consider how the relationship between the inside and outside has become more relevant than ever before within my lifetime.
During the course, having a curious approach and looking deeper into subjects has been on-going for me. I’ve explored a number of interesting and challenging processes that I’ve enjoyed experimenting with such as printmaking, glass and now digital editing that have made my work evolve. When faced with the restriction of materials in current circumstances, I’ve used these obstacles as opportunities and not limitations, remaining dedicated to my original aim that was to create an interior outcome of both beauty and feeling.
Making the transition between a mostly hand-made practice to screen-based making has led me to question how I can reinterpret my relationship with the familiar through the unknown. Photoshop and Illustrator became tools of discovery for me, combining drawing with digital editing whilst capturing this process as a film was a layered journey. The virtual wallpaper ‘Efflorescence’ captures the outside world within an inside space throughout the day. As an interior installation, this piece challenges the format of traditional mounted wallpapers to instead become transitional and ever changing. The intention of this is to recreate interior spaces as atmospheric environments without fixed boundary-much like the authentic nature it is based upon, inspired by the changes of theseasons, the solar clock and lifecycles.