Petrichor 2020

Is it there if it can’t be seen?
Did it happen if no one saw it?

​Dusting footprints, exposing trails, bringing attention to what was always there, but no one noticed.

​Petrichor is the earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil.

​These two pieces will be on display at Brunswick Street Gallery in Australia for their ‘Grayscale’ Exhibition in February 2021 (postponed due to the pandemic). My work was chosen as the official show image.

Equality 2020

This all began as a way to collaborate during lockdown.
I’m studying my MA in Fine Art and one of the things they look for is collaborative work.
But in lockdown we were suddenly limited as to how and who we could access.
I’ve always had an affinity to snails and as the rain brought them out in my garden, I pondered the concept of collaborating with them.
And here we are now.
3 months on and 9 snails take it in turns to work with me; creating trails and marks using the pigments I create organically at home so that no harm comes to them at all.

But it’s also so relevant now.

We are in a unique position because of the Covid-19 global crisis. 

This is our chance to start again, to rebuild society in a way that puts human life first. A community that values each other and looks after each other.
This is our chance to strip away all the issues of sexism, racism, capitalism, consumerism that have existed so toxically within our society until now.

 

Shimmer 2020

The lines are free and uninhibited and some areas are darker where the pigment pools and the paper warps.

There is a shimmer to this piece due to the remnants of the snail trail being caught in the pigments as they dry.


It’s nothing like my previous work; the work of a control freak perfectionist who can’t cope if it doesn’t look a certain way.

This entire process is freeing me up as a person as well as my art.


My art journey has become a well-being one and these tiny Zen Masters are my guides.

Diversity 2020

Why can’t we work together?
We are one race – the human race.
We aren’t different, we’re just unique.
That should be celebrated, not used as an excuse to hate and harm.
These snails don’t care that one has pale skin and the other dark.
They don’t care that one shell is brown and the other yellow.
They’re happy to paint together and make beautiful marks as a team.
Can we be a team?
Can we build a world that’s safe and loving and embraces all the unique parts of being human?
Can we love each other and celebrate the things that make us individual?
Can we join together after lock-down to create a better world and leave beautiful marks for future generations?

Wandering 2020

We are at a unique point in human history.
2020 – pandemic – lockdown

A common conversation is how we will re-focus our society when lock down is ended.
Will we automatically revert to a capitalist society based on greed and want?
A consumerist society that prioritises entertainment and celebrity status above that of key workers and the healthcare system?

This is our chance to start again, to rebuild society in a way that puts human life first. A community that values each other and looks after each other.
This is our chance to strip away all the issues of sexism, racism, capitalism, consumerism that have existed so toxically within our society until now.

NOW we have been given the chance to start again, making the right choices, the choices that benefit humanity as a whole; not just those born to wealth.
But those who contribute to society, those who contribute to humanity, those who care enough to make a difference.

This is a time for change. Change for good.
I am working with snails. Why? Snails are still all around me even when people can’t be. They don’t prioritise entertainment above their health and basic needs.
They search for food, water and a safe place to sleep.
Basic ‘human’ rights that so many humans don’t have.
These snails are representative of our society and are using this blank page to start again.
They are only using natural materials to create their art. The art that represents the rare opportunity we find ourselves in. The opportunity to start again and build the society we want and deserve.
A society with basic needs put first, no gender roles just equality. Each individual seen as important as the next.

These snails are leading the way with their wandering, the way of beginning. The ‘new normal’.
We need to be following suit.

Movement 2020

The shared experience of lockdown means different things to different people.

For me, it has been a re-evaluation.

Of my self.

I had been feeling disconnected and lost.

Now I’m reconnecting with nature, with the Earth.

It feels long overdue.  The chance to be mindful, to be more aware, more in the moment.

To see the smaller movements, to experience the calm of these small and slow movements.  The shadows and light.  How they play without care.

Observing my snails has encouraged me to be stiller, more patient. 

To accept that I have no control over this situation and that I have to wait.