Everything is connected. The micro and the macro converge, creating rhythms. We are linked through intricate networks both seen and unseen: tree branches, river systems, veins, and arteries.
As a printmaker, I am drawn to natural environments where I can explore these correlations. My creative process involves leisurely walks, exploring and feeling the essence of a particular environment. I ponder on what attracts us, enlivens our senses, and makes us want to feel connected to a place. Often when I am walking through a space, I feel nature’s healing energy as a physical change passing through my body, creating good vibrations. I strive to capture this feeling in my work.
After observing the landscape, I return to the studio, translating my photographic references into stencils and printing plates. Each focuses on a different element: shape, line or texture. I combine these layers to print delicate and detailed serial monoprints. These non-realistic reconstructions highlight the underlying patterns, rhythms and soothing effects of nature. I prioritise silhouetted shapes, reminiscent of profile shadow portraits popular in Europe before the advent of photography. Easily recognisable portrait forms celebrate and elevate plants and animals, highlighting the importance of our connection with nature. Leaves, seed pods, and the spaces in between appear. Finally, by piercing and sewing the paper, I create a meditative slowing down and a satisfying tactile response. Perhaps by altering what is seen, and feeling what is unseen, we may start to really connect with and preserve our natural world.