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I was walking along a beach collecting urchin shells, which are extremely delicate. I collected around 20, was very careful with them, and only two made it home in once piece.
The beach this day was particularly stormy, it was extremely windy and the sea was rough. Yet these little delicate spheres had weathered that storm, made it through the tides to come to this resting point on the shoreline.
This led me to consider the fragility of nature, how when we take it from its original space, it instantly becomes in danger. When I thought of the mushrooms I have been looking at, and how so delicately tiny they are that one touch could crush them entirely, or turn them to their liquid state.
I am now thinking of ways to mirror this fragility and impermanence within my work, by making some mushrooms from:
edible paper, as this is extremely delicate in itself and also, like mushrooms at the end of their time, the work will dissolve
icing, again it is fragile and not permanent and can be easily manipulated for the delicate parts of the mushrooms e.g the gills underneath
regular paper, again is delicate and could be seen as impermanent if left outside
Could create the base for an interactive art piece. The addition of water/the effects of weather would shape this artwork and erode it as time goes on, could link back to the theme of women in society once again
Following on from the idea of Kintsugi, I am going to create some metal sculptures of mushrooms, which will come out from the cracks in walls in buildings.
The idea behind this is to explore how nature can reclaim and rebirth from the smallest of spaces and in places that you may not expect. Allowing nature into a rural scene, suggesting that nature could fix what we as humans have done towards it when considering out current climate disaster.
Petri dish one: contains samples of “DNA”, saliva, hair, nails, bottom of shoe
Petri dish two: contains samples of mushrooms and food mould
I will be documenting their growth and seeing what works best. I then want to experiment placing my negatives from my initial photoshoot with Julia within the petri dish so that the mould can grow freely over the image.
This is a large scale painting I have begun to create using acrylics.
I am using it as experimentation as I have not painted in a long time. I plan to work into it over a long period of time, and not rush or push it. It will be a physical documentation of my ideas for this project as it continues.