A series of sculptures based on water addressing issues of waste, recycling and contemporary material ethics.
False Economies, 2010
False Economies is an aqueduct made of bamboo and 2000 recycled plastic bottles.
Ancient aqueducts offered an elegant and simple solution to the problem of how to transport water. Ancient Indian, Greek and Egyptian societies invested significant scientific and financial investment into their water systems. Our modern problems with waste, water and energy will require innovation and solid investment, not the quick financial fix of polluting and dumping.
Though the arches are elegant and human sized, standing beneath them we find ourselves in the gateway of attraction and repulsion. Like water molecules or dew on plants, the translucent bottles intrigue and draw you in, but then horrify at the prospect of the scale of waste and a great idea gone way too far.
The Over-designed Bird, 2010
Humans seem to have lost sight of the reasons for using industrial manufacture. We wanted to make things easier for ourselves but now we’ve designed ourselves into a corner without access to nature and ever distancing ourselves from our own nature.
The Industrial Revolution has catapulted the Myth of Progress to a ludicrous orbit from which we have lost perspective on what we actually need to live.
I have used plastic water bottles as the raw material to create sculptural forms of snowflakes.
The popular poetic beauty of crystalline water is depicted with a ubiquitous environmental pollutant – one to which humans are apparently addicted.
Although the crystalline structure of each snowflake is unique, standing close to this one we find ourselves in the gateway of attraction and repulsion.
Like water molecules or dew on plants, the translucent bottles intrigue and draw you close, but then horrify at the prospect of the scale of waste and a great idea gone way too far.
Gaia Writes, 2012
In a world where the matter and life forms of nature have been consumed as human resources Gaia Writes redefines the droplet of water as a plastic bottle.
In the aftermath of a year of natural disasters, sublime cyclonic weather patterns have gained horrific resonance through their significance in climate change acceleration.
Human pollution is seen here through its prospective boomerang annihilation of human life-worlds.
Hour Edifice, 2011
Our constructed time is an illusory vessel, not containing the flow and stop and screaming past of a subjective experience of time.
Like a micro snapshot of flowing water, the act of observation impinges on the observed, without context it conveys very little. In quantam mechanics, our particles of experience have no purchase on a specific location in space or a particular moment in time.
According to our observations and experience, time is fluid like the ocean and behaves in waves, interrupted and vulnerable to local energy patterns. Multiple potential locations and stories exist for any given object.