Bamboo, paper mache, chicken wire, earth, various found objects. 2019
Both archaeology and construction sites serve as inspiration for the work I make. Construction sites are places of transformation and dynamism, always in flux, while archaeology connects us to past human endeavour. By bringing these ideas into conversation the work balances precipitously between past and future states, and allows us to consider our own particular moment in time.
A fascination with found fragments has lead onto a deeper exploration of artefacts and excavations. The notion of unearthing hints of past realities that reside in the earth beneath our feet speaks to me, and connects to the central tenet of my practice; that of the exquisite unfolding out of the ordinary.
While in residence at Tonbridge School, I have participated in a local dig excavating a Roman Villa in Otford. The small floor tiles in the exhibition are real Roman tesserae from this site, kindly donated by the archaeologists of DROP: Discover Roman Otford Project.
For the central part of the installation I have created an ad-hoc structure that references both scaffolding and dense woodland, bound together by green twine, tipped with neon orange, surrounded by objects that speak to both the ancient past and the imminent future. Elsewhere in the show a spindly tower balances on broken rackets, a piece of orange netting has become partially architectural and commands its own space, a disc of earth lifts up to reveal a Roman floor beneath, and a wall of very varied artefacts gives clues about the making of the installation. In this lively and colourful space, associations are playfully drawn between disparate objects, allowing new narratives to unfold