Title: ‘Cut off, built up’ A series of new sculptural pieces I’m working on. Where I’m exploring balance in relation to sustainability and the built environment. To make the sculptures I’m using off cuts from certified Sapele, a hard wood from the African rainforest, also know as African Mahogany.
Growing and Producing:
Inspired by an exhibition I visited some time ago at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, titled: ‘The land we live in, the land we left behind’ curated by Adam Sutherland. Which explored the contradictory nature of society’s relationship to the rural. It brought together work by artists from around the world and spanned centuries from the 1500’s to the present. the title of the exhibition referred to a toast used by migrants in the 18th and 19th centuries, which celebrated the land they live in and the land they came from. Here is a link for more information on that exhibition: https://www.hauserwirth.com/hauser-wirth-exhibitions/6232-the-land-we-live-in-the-land-we-left-behind
In response to this exhibition, and in particular the ‘produce, growing and processing’ element that engaged the viewer in food production. I have made, through my own process of: planting, tending, picking, sorting, drying and packaging. A small selection of limited edition herbs and preserves. Borrowing the artistic term ‘limited edition’ on the labels, I am referencing the limitation of the small crop used until the next seasons harvest or renewed growth. Added to this I included a website to illustrates the current norm of display and selling through the internet. This type of produce historically would have been bartered, sold at market and generally swapped, traded and gifted. The website link where the limited edition herbs and preserves can be viewed and purchased is: http://www.dorsetgardenproduce.com
Further research for this project I looked at the artist: Fernando Garcia-Dory. A fascinating, boundary pushing, artist who’s work investigates the role of territories, culture, goe-politics ……..Using as a platform agro-ecological projects and actions……Shaped as it is by weather, season, harvests etc…… His web site for more information is: https://www.fernandogarciadory.info