The core of my practice involves exploring our relationship and connection to the natural environment, examining this in the context of how we situate ourselves on Earth, both physically and in the wider context of time. Looking at how our exploitative relationship with nature has rooted itself with Earth’s material history, I focus on ideas surrounding our intrinsic link to nature and the mark we are making upon it. I respond to these ideas through materiality, using a wide range of materials to physically explore these themes. Specifically, I practically translate the concept of mark making into my work both through pattern and the physical interaction between myself and my materials. This is seen within the emphasis on touch and action within my practice, especially through my use of clay, speaking of the lasting mark I make and the temporality of my presence. Use of clay, as both an artistic material and natural matter, is an integral part of my practice in the way that it acts as a symbolic connection to the Earth. Through my work, I am constantly reflecting upon how the materials I use may link or connect to the natural elements I am exploring.

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