This theme dramatises the hope that can come when new growth emerges from the old. After something breaks, after something’s time has come, after falling from grace, pieces can reconnect, perhaps making something stronger or more beautiful than what we saw before the fall?
Chaetonotus in real life is a tiny being, up to 1.5 mm long. It’s the largest pond-life gastrotrich. Found in stagnant water, this microscopic multicellular animal uses its muscular pharynx to suck up bacteria and organic debris. It's a very useful creature. Jesmonite / stone resin, 2 metres.
Tomorrow’s Trees takes a piece of dead, burred limewood and, within the grain, finds forms that suggest new growth, the next generation, tomorrow’s trees. 40cm.
Recumbency is an abstract form sculpted from Maltese limestone. From different angles it might appear like a plant’s new shoots unfurling, a swan tucking its beak in its wings, a figure reclining or a wave crashing. The shapes of creation are echoed throughout nature.
After Doris takes twigs that were torn from a tree by Storm Doris, transfers their form to paper clay and presents them in a delicate, unrooted structure, echoing the natural process of renewal. Paper clay, 25cm.
Regeneration takes delicate fragments of mono-printed paper clay and wires them together to make a new life-form. With vulnerability and uncertainty, the form explores which way to grow. Paper clay, copper wire, 40cm.