elasticated cotton, cotton thread, red lentils
11.5″ x 4.25″
“Currently, my practice is focused on investigating the philosophical theory of abject. Abject is defined as something that does not adhere to rules or borders; which disrupts identity and systems. Essentially it is an ambiguous place that exists in-between how we define the boundaries of the real, where the divisions between subject/object, animal/human, and life/death break down.
I aim to use soft sculpture to create biomorphic forms that linger on this border. Suggestive in both their shape and the malleable nature of the material, I want to position the viewer to question whether what they are viewing is organic or synthetic, and highlight the paradoxical struggle between fascination and disgust the abject often presents us with.
As depicted in these photographs, by placing my sculpture within a real world context and juxtaposing the abstract form with a rigid, recognisable environment I aim to convey a sense of foreboding as the unsure creeps into the certain.
Presently I am studying a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Plymouth College of Art prior to beginning a BA in Fine Art at Plymouth University. I am interested in creating conceptual pieces that experiment with form across a wide range of mediums including sculpture, photography and drawing. Additionally, my background in textiles has lead me to often work with fabric, thus situating my work within the sphere of feminist art.”
“I enjoy this piece on so many levels, and I think I’m allowed that opportunity because your craft is so strong, particularly in making this soft sculpture, which is so well made that the ambiguity that is so central to your concept reads as very intentional, as opposed to something that happens by accident.
Also, in terms of presentation, you clearly are a great photographer. I think all of these images have a very strong sense of composition that presents this object in a really successful way.
My one critique in this regard is that I do wish that I could see a bit more of the environment that you’re placing this kind of ambiguous blob in, just because it is so important to your concept that you place this object in really concrete and real-seeming situations.
I would suggest looking up the fine artist Brian Bress, who works with these really sort of heady art theory sort of ideas but presents them with these sort of cartoon characters and really plays with this sort of ambiguity between this sort of two-dimensional and three-dimensional plane and the nature of sort of art and reality, because I think you’re really onto something with this sort of fake naturalism of this sculpted object and I’d love to see you push that strong interest into different arenas of presentation, even maybe video. Really cool stuff.”