I centre on working with natural materials and their relationships with each other. Plants become paper and natural dyes; trees offer bark; fibres can be used in 3D work and 2D work. Clay is the basic material of ceramics. The interplays are illustrated in this exhibition.
My works are about encounters and are themselves encounters between materials. They explore meetings which may be invasive (such as a virus in an environment) or transformative (such as the rubbing together of rock strata) or explosive (such as the meeting of sea and shore). Putting objects together may create a new object – an ironing board and a Japanese jacket can create a ‘human’ figure. These encounters all generate energy – for example shapes floating together in the wind. My process itself involves juxtaposition: the mixing and overlay materials such as paints, pigments, wax, enamel, metal and clay.
And, of course, our exhibition is an encounter between the work and the audience.