About The Art
Rust residue from iron is evocative of the physical narrative of change as evidence of an ongoing and relentless natural process. I use rust in my art both as a memento mori - a reminder of our impermanence - and as a vehicle for examining the complexities of our existence.
We are originated in dust and will return to dust. I am fascinated by the continuity and ongoing transformation of matter associated with that improbable journey.
When we think about time, it is often in terms of human measure; hours, days, years, sometimes generations or even eras. However, humans are ultimately derived from stardust that is billions of years old: we are ephemeral beings suspended in the ‘stuff’ of the Universe. From the elements formed in the explosions of supernovae (caused by the special properties of iron), to the infrastructure of the modern world, and even to the molecules within our bodies that are integral to the basic functions of our physiology, humans are inextricably linked to iron.
As a visual artist, I seek to document the inexorable transformation of this highly reactive ‘inanimate’ and inorganic matter as an intellectual exercise in our universal material belonging as well as a philosophical connection of self to the cosmos.