It’s almost three months since I finished my studies and still it rained. As I sit here writing the radio chatters on about more flood damage across the UK, the rain spatters on the window plane and the heating attempts to take the edge off the chill.
Most of this year has been spent watching the rain relentlessly come down.
It feels as though it will never end.
Maybe it won’t.
Nobody needs more grim statistics about our rapidly changing climate.
The end of the world as we know it.
Still It Rained is a response to both a point of global and personal crisis. Shown at the University College Falmouth, MA Art and Environment final show and receiving a distinction and Sandra Blow award. The work is in two parts; an 8x8ft installation that illustrates a story scratched onto the wall.
The makeshift raft is packed full of perennial plants in a symbiotic permaculture system producing a diverse, edible ecosystem. An Aquaponics system growing annuals trickles through gutters, fish and plants working together. I used completely reclaimed and salvaged materials to make the raft, borrowing, begging or stealing. I stubbornly refused to allow others to build it for me but did receive lots of invaluable advice. It wouldn’t feed you for long but is a gesture towards alternatives.
Here you see the naively drawn tale and some photographs of the raft.
The story is one of the world ending but before it is a story of a relationship ending and the personal apocalypses we all go through.
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Drawing / Piirustus, Sculpture / Kuvanveisto
Dust Masks 1, 2, and 3 (from the failure series)
20″ x 30″
The Failure series addresses fear in domestic space in the context of homeland security and disaster preparedness. Investigating personal relationships and a post-9/11 North American anxiety through DIY solutions and wearable safety devices, this series challenges how we define crisis. How do we brand ourselves as “safe”? What are we producing/consuming as a culture that makes us feel secure? Who are the cultural authorities that create symbols of safety– and how do these symbols affect our most intimate moments of communication. And what happens, both personally and culturally, when these symbols of safety fail.
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Sculpture / Kuvanveisto