My practice seems to be changing. I am still passionate about the landscape and the materials that nature provides within these spaces but as time moves on and different pressures of life come to challenge you, as an artist you have to adapt. Time and opportunity are my biggest problems. Everything I do or make stems from my childhood, growing up in the country making and playing in the landscape and engaging with the materials nature provided. It was these special moments that engaged my creativity. Exploring these materials and their potential helped me engage with materiality and the world around me. Building dens, dams, climbing trees, roaming the fields, swimming in rivers sparked off adventure, creativity and knowledge. It was an idyllic part of my life and I feel blessed to have had that experience.
I find myself honing in on the physical act of making and the fundamental reasoning behind why this is so important. The sense of texture and touch are strong components. It is the metaphorical reasoning as to why we need to do this and the knock on effect that process has to offer, that I am interested in. Stitch has always been a big feature in my work but I hadn't realized the big significance in it.
'Has the pen and paper dipped so deep in blood as the needle?' Olive Shriener
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