1A WELLINGTON TERRACE
My work and I grew up out of the Cornish countryside and is rooted in the imaginary. Woven into my paintings are my wanderings through tropical forests where I have spent many years conducting field research – although now of course these are simply wonderings. Nevertheless, the vivid diversity of flora and fauna captured in my memory seeps into my drawings, where bizarre plants and insects become reimagined as even stranger beings. I entered lockdown very much unemployed*, having moved back to Cornwall a month before it started. This gave me ample time to freak out, but also allowed me to dedicate more time to art and music. In the first month I even made a stop motion music video (Hares On the Mountain), which is crazy, when do you ever have time to make a stop motion? I also had time to finish a collaboration with my partner, a story written in rhyming verse that follows the fairy tale tradition in many ways, exploring environmental consciousness and our place within nature. The book is a morality tale about our relationship to power, how ego-centric ambitions to conquer nature often lead to damaging consequences not only for ourselves, but for the natural world which sustains us. The original paintings used in this story are within the exhibition and if you’re interested in a hand bound copy of ‘The Stolen Sun’ drop me a message!
*In case you’re in a similar situation and need some hope, in June I finally secured an
amazing research position at the University of Exeter which led onto a dream PhD position in
Environmental Intelligence – you just have to be persistent, don’t give up!