MA Fine Art
My practice-led research centres on our connection to the natural world. As Ingold notes, many humans feel a separation, a Nature/Culture divide which contrasts with hunter-gatherer communities, who view themselves as ‘universal beings’ in a world that envelopes all living things. In trying to understand this and expand my own connection to the natural world, I choose to work in the wild of the nearby, a piece of land minutes from my home: not pristine wild but the undervalued urban wild, showing signs of human life; strewn rubbish and drag lines where children have soil-surfed the steep sides. It is bursting with vitality and a myriad of more than human living things.
Daily immersing myself in this place, spanning seasons, and using my lived experience, I work in a playful, curious and empathic way, to challenge the learned set of meanings that determine how I see the world. I have become open to the many ways this ‘enveloping world’ may communicate to me and vice versa, sometimes sensing as William Wordsworth described in Prelude, ‘the mighty sum of things always speaking’, and finding, like John Muir, that ‘by going out I was really going in’.
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