October 1, 2020

Can you see it if you don’t know its name?

Jill Sives

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Chalk, gladioli flower, slate, bark, sandstoneBalance of power., 202024x20x25cm

The materials in this composition were found and created over several years and locations: by the roadside, cliffside walkways, tree logging residue or simply grown in my garden, all from various sites in the UK. I find myself drawn to objects that have a duality. Often they will be organic items that have been altered in some way by human design yet retain a strong sense of material memory of their original form. In this arrangement I wanted to highlight a sense of balance, of an interconnected relationship between the objects and the methods that altered their shape. The sunlight also acted as a helpful collaborator, throwing sharp shadows and illuminations between the segments, helping them to be seen as something of a whole rather than separate entities. My intention was to use these arranged objects as a kind of vessel to reflect on and question our relationship to our surroundings. Worried, as many are, about the climate crisis I hope to create a dialogue exploring how intrinsically embedded we are within the landscape ecosystem rather than something apart.