The purpose of this project is to use abstracted forms and thoughts to explore damage to self and environment through loss of connection to nature.
Working with a maquette to explore scale for a final artwork is a surprisingly satisfying experience. The cues for involuntary autobiographical memory exist in a sensory and perceptual context and introducing the human ‘making’ process into the natural material added to the narrative.
The task of choosing materials, placement of pieces and seeing the physicality of the scaled down version of my sculpture, allowed me insight into potential challenges when constructing the larger scale sculpture. Height and weight will need to be accounted for as well as whether to keep the connecting joins hidden. Materials will also need to be considered in terms of availability.
The upright beams of the chair are angled to reflect the design of the pylons that are our modern day icons. These monolithic structures of worship are scattered throughout our landscapes; impossible to avoid and essential for our current ways of being.
Looking for ways to encourage the viewer to form their own narrative around the chair I decided I would use Honeysuckle. This very domesticated wild and woody climber, gives off a heady scent when it blooms and attracts wildlife and humans alike; the smell this flower elicits produces memories of long forgotten moments with family or friends for many of us. The twisting stems of the Honeysuckle will be entwined within the Oak to strengthen the bond between them.
The shared experience is key in connecting us to our sense of self and our place in this world. Fostering a dialogue between people and place, the opportunities and restraints people face in their contemporary lives gives us further understanding and can facilitate change.
Investigating personal landscapes through time and space and in relation to physical character, social as well as environmental relations and culture, ‘Without you, there is no me’ is my attempt to understand the benefits of reconnecting with ourselves through nature.