The work is a process-led investigation into direct, sensory experience and its ephemerality. Contemporary life is fast-paced, digital, goal-orientated, distanced from real, physical experience that doesn’t have a specific goal other than the experience itself. Direct experience is challenging because as soon as we try to keep it – to make it permanent – it’s gone. In order to be with it we have to accept that everything changes all the time: there is only flux. My sculptures come together and then fall apart; come together again; fall apart. The work is both very serious and very joyful: seriously accepting impermanence and the ephemerality of direct experience and at the same time celebratory of everyday moments and the conundrum of wanting to make permanent something that we cannot.
The materials I use are functional and from everyday life, often brightly coloured or transparent: things that are usually discarded and unnoticed. I am interested in small moments due to my meditation practice and reading around Buddhism. I am drawn to circles and repeating patterns e.g. in bubble wrap, bath mats, brush bristles, wheels, as they represent such constant movement. I investigate the role of colour.
My theoretical research is on work and play in the art process, for which I’ve been reading Gadamer, Deleuze, and others. A process without any goal other than the process itself leans towards play, yet, in showing the results as an art piece, it becomes ‘finished’: the opposite of play. I am grappling with how to maintain the freedom of play in the resolved artwork.