Fashioned From Nature
Artist Statement for Exhibition– FASHIONED FROM NATURE
An important theme for me is human and animal interactions. I create anthropomorphic, hybrid, characters that offer an insight into my interest in the wonder and brutality of human nature, folklore and superstition. Figures emerge by layering marks with ink, watercolour and gouache producing different patterns and textures. My practice focuses on the use of these materials in a manner that conveys drawing as a conceptual process. I explore drawing as a form of reverie and the act of making meaningful marks.
Throughout history, the instinct to impose a human aesthetic of beauty on nature through human artifice and intervention goes to the heart of our relationship with nature. The works in this exhibition are inspired by the impact of fashion on the natural world. Designers’ interpretations go beyond feather and fur trimmings to creations embellished with entire animals. Animal prints have long been popular because they are considered exotic; hence a symbol of wealth and status. They are arguably the most dominant theme on international runways currently; yet ironically in nature pattern often has a different purpose – acting as camouflage to enable concealment.
This exhibition is not about animals as isolated subjects but rather the dynamic between humans and animals sharing the planet. Our interest in ecological awareness referenced through fashion collections differs with some observing the cultivation of nature whereas others are drawn to wild, ostentatious and animalistic interpretations.