Through large scale abstract painting, I attempt to connect ancient art practices and our changing geographical landscapes as a way to address our collective histories, mutual fragility, and mortality with other living beings and the Earth. I draw from elements of ecology, palaeontology, politics, and earth-based spirituality, making use of specific materials (including plant and vegetable matter, hair, animal ashes, sand, dirt, and raw pigments) for their physical properties and symbolic relevance. I use my physical body, in particular my hands and nails to apply these materials onto canvas. My gestures attempt to draw connections to all human and non-human animals in order to unpack our similarities. I aim for inclusivity in my art by alluding to physical bodies through scale.
My practice focuses on creating large works that are approximately the ‘wingspan’ of a human animal. At times these marks are reminiscent of non-human animals clawing or digging. The traces left by my body act as a kind of symbolic mapping of a relatable body, and invite viewers to consider their own physical engagement with our landscape and other animals. I combine colours that create moments of visual uneasiness to encourage the viewer to have a corporeal relationship with my body and my actions. These gestures explore how geographical landscapes are changing in the epoch of the Anthropocene, a new destructive environmental period thought to be caused by human impact on the natural environment.