Inspired by geological and biological processes, my work examines the physical nature of the landscape and it's formation.
The focus of my recent work has been the rich and unique geology of the region in which I now live. Sculpted Tors of Granite rock, hardened and crystallised over hundreds of millions of years; worn by time and weather, eventually to become sedimentary clay. Great man-made pits; excavations deep into the land offer a glimpse through geological time at the layers of minerals and rocks formed over millennia.
Focusing closer on crystalline surfaces of granite rock there exists a microcosm of growth; lichens and mosses; descendants of cyanobacteria, some of the first living organisms on Earth.
Works are created intuitively using materials and techniques connecting me to the subject matter. I like to experiment with scale and altered perspectives; sometimes focusing on close up biological structures as well as rising up above vast aerial landscapes. I aim to create works that appear to have grown or formed naturally over time through a combination of controlled techniques and chance happenings.
Materials including iron, salt crystals and verde gris are important to the process, allowing the work to develop and change subtly over time through the formation of crystals and processes of iron oxidisation. In this way, the work reacts to the world around it, reflecting the continuously changing geology and biology of the natural environment.