Glut is an outpouring, an emotional and physical wailing in response to environmental concerns. It reflects my sadness around issues including waste, our consumerist society, factory farming, the plastic oceans, animal extinctions, climate breakdown. And the loss of my dog.
A ‘curtain’ of tentacular entrails, viscous bodily hybrids transformed, Glut is seductive and disgusting. The materials (especially personal items) speak of past lives, loss, textiles, craft. In contrast, the organic forms symbolise death, violence, but also vulnerability and renewal - the duality of horror and tenderness.
Materiality and process are central: the work is hand-made, labour-intensive and my use of recycled and found materials relates to our relationship with matter, nature, and ourselves. Collecting objects and materials is intrinsic to the process.
The work is a form of artivism, a suturing in an attempt to heal.
Made from mixed media (found and recycled materials - some with emotional significance eg: deceased dog’s toys, blanket, lead, collar), foam, sponge, twine, copper wire, old clothes, fabric (some hand-dyed with avocado pits), wool, sisal, string, thread, rope, plastic netting, plastic bags, plaster, handmade paper, wax, oil, steel.