Fossil Diaries, 2016-2018
This work explores the apparent surfaces of time, space and place and questions how we might engage on a deeper level to landscape and natural processes. The towering chalk and flint cliffs of East Sussex are like vertical layers of time, formed by complex geological and biological process. Despite their apparent solidity, they are in fact in constant motion, breaking down, almost like a sea in reverse. With the ebbing and flowing of the tides the brokered edge of the shoreline seems to dissolve rhythmically, four times a day. Here, in this liminal space of transformation and folded time, the sea permanently meets the land; and both are unresolved about the status of each.
Using the seductive materiality of abstracted natural forms, in this body of work I explore the gap between how we perceive landscape as a series of aesthetic surfaces on which we overlay our nostalgic associations and cultural memory, instead of encountering it as a space of the sensuous. By disrupting our habitual gaze I hope to suggest that there is potential for other more subtle narratives to lie beneath the surface; and I invite the viewer to take a breath and consider what else might be present.
Perhaps encountering landscape with what you feel and sense rather than what you think and remember, will open up a deeper engagement with land as a space of interconnections, of co-existence and infinite wonder; a place of revelation and encounter.
Giclée prints on Hanhnemüle Photo Rag or Baryta 329mm x 483mm
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