My practice is a direct engagement with nature and natural materials. Through sculpture I explore humanities relationship with nature, and our attitudes to its romanticised aesthetic ideal. I work primarily with wood, using it as a visual metaphor to explore our relentless, sweaty consumerism and preconceived ideas of nature and beauty. I view my exploration of nature and the natural environment as an important but often neglected area of Contemporary Art, which frequently favours the urban culture of society.
A strong element of my practice is based around the exploration of processes related to working with my chosen material, and developing an understanding of the material properties of the object being worked. I adopt both creative and a destructive process to shape and challenge the properties of the material, until the finished piece creates a resolved duality.
The works of Chris Drury, Andy Goldsworthy, Richard Long, David Nash, Giuseppe Penone and Peter Randall-Page influence and inform my own practice.