Sowden’s practice is heavily influenced by profound experiences of early childhood making and playing in the rural landscape. This immersive and physical contact with the natural world is the driving force of how she now embraces the materiality of environment as a contemporary artist today. Carol uses instinctive and gained skills to seek out mark making materials the land and elements present. Ephemeral matter is sourced and stored in order for an approach of alchemic process to occur. Through physical manipulation and elemental interaction tensions of process drive experimentation. Precarious resistances experienced within making contribute to further understanding of materiality and by reintroducing organic matter and materials in alternative ways aspects of birth, death and the regeneration of life are a highlight of her work. Embracing tactile making her aim is to draw attention to the beauty of the otherwise overlooked emphasizing temporality and the fragility of life. Sustainability is a main concern and throughout her practice Carol Sowden embraces resourcefulness and versatility in an organic context to enable emphasis on the real within a digitally driven hyper-real society.