As the role of Student Ambassador it has brought to light how often I am asked 'what do you do, what is your practice?'
I always answer 'I work with natural organic materials' and then struggle to be clear about what I do with them. I associate myself with Andy Goldsworthy which gives people an idea, but although he is the artist that has always influenced and driven my practice I would say my work is visually different. I need to be clear about what my practice is about!
‘I work with only organic and natural materials to highlight the physicality of materiality and the texture of making. At present I am exploring the joining together of handmade paper, stitch and organic matter such as decaying leaves. It is the physical act of piercing through materials that excites me.’
I have just come across Niki Boons work and I am staggered by the beauty of these photographs. The physicality of the elements are truly visualized in her work. There are many people who disagree with the way she is bringing up her children but you cannot get away from the fact that these kids are enjoying their childhood. As Niki says ' Although deeply personal I believe that others will also connect to some aspect of their own childhood…' and I certainly do. That physicality of the outdoors and natural materials combined with the elements truly makes for a childhood that prepares you for the REAL world. Making, playing being creative with the materials around you helps kids learn about decision making, taking risks, being independent as well as working as a team......I could go on.....I know from my own experience how these interactions with the elements prepare you for adulthood and stay with you through life. I can still 'feel' the physicality of swimming in rivers in the summertime and the mossy vegetation under my feet when running through waterfalls as well as lots of other memories....I was blessed!
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