Typically my work takes the form of casts, which are formed when a liquid material is poured into a mould and allowed to solidify. Using a base of cement different materials such as metal powders and salts are added. When drying this results in different textures, colours and surfaces.
I have an explorative approach to my work, and want to capture the visual differences between elements, to create a visual language between materials. I have been looking at images of natural forming minerals and found influence in how they display beauty in difference. The idea that within a hard outer shell there is a hidden treasure to discover. I enjoy working with industrial materials to create delicate results. The robust heavy nature of cement with the light touch of gold leaf for example.
Working the material with my hands l’m physically part of the process and I can guide the direction the piece maybe taking. When drying the piece takes on a life of its own. Materials start to activate with each other creating unique outcomes, with every piece being different to the next. I became and l’m still intrigued in this process.
I wanted the work to have a random haphazard quality, a coming together of objects. To form a collection, a three dimensional massing of forms. With each piece different to the next as though found, unearthed and exhibited like a specimen on display.