My most recent installation of work titled ‘COMPOST’ began with morning walks in the forest near my house. Returning to the studio I would then use clay to recreate the vegetative forms I had encountered. Fired and then painted with black ink they were then pieced together using epoxy putty into long vegetative forms. The clay pieces were assembled in a number of different ways over the course a year or so; looking, contemplating and then reassembling until they reached their final iteration as wall mounted forms.
Using my large format cameras, I documented these works in their various states of completion and placements. A process of back and forth between the camera and the sculptural work ensued until completion. The final installation includes both the sculptural forms and the photographic ‘interpretations.
Black ceramic forms hang as if dead and the photographs that document their ‘lives’ are defaced with black drips and smudges; death, impermanence and decay.