Living on the doorstep of the Lake District gives me access to some of the most beautiful scenes of nature however every time I go into these spaces they are marred by litter whether dropped, blown in by the wind or swept in by the tides of Morecambe Bay.
Fragments of pottery and glass can be romanticised, harking back to bygone eras. Knowing that these items, unlike plastic, are of a natural source and are infinitely recyclable.
However, the planet being overrun with plastic is indicative of modern society’s obsession with consumerism and capitalism. This has contributed to the overuse and unregulated use of plastic taking over in the production of products that ultimately find their way to our bodies of water and other natural spaces.
There is an intrigue as to the stories behind how these items ended up where they did; who they belonged to and the memories that are imprinted on the objects. In the work, these items are repurposed to become mark-making tools thus taking on a new function from something forgotten into something meaningful as the original meaning of the found object has long been lost along with the connection to the initial owner.
I utilise clay as the main medium in this body of work alongside the collected objects. The archaic and visceral quality allows for rudimentary artworks to be created as have been over millennia by mankind. It is a medium that allows us to connect with our ancestry and its analogue quality gives respite to the overexposure of digital mediums in modern life.
This work poses a question around consumerism and the damage that is caused not only to our physical planet and our bodies but also to the individual psyche and wellbeing of the mind.