Material Action (dry sand/damp sand/wet sand) 2013
single channel High Definition digital video, 16:9 colour, 00:56 seconds
Working primarily in sculpture, my practice also incorporates drawing, print and video. I am interested in scientific experimental methodology and material integrity. These approaches inform a continuing exploration of materials and processes that operate within a poststructuralist theoretical framework. Drawing upon Jacques Derrida, I examine the physical world through his notion of the frame, investigating the means by which we classify and differentiate the artwork from everything else. This is tied to the performative gesture in order to foreground the processes and materiality of making. I am also engaged with language and the way it also frames meaning; I begin with a word which I analyse in order to derive its deeper meaning. Through this process the work emerges, and a title is resolved. My work reflects my continuing concerns with the body, process, architectural and biological structures, emerging through the techniques of casting and construction.
Embedded consists of three fabricated versions of a workshop modelling stand, each supporting a clay bed encasing a rock collected from the Great Sandy Desert in Western Australia. The starting point for Embedded is the sculptural process of casting, as a means to understand the object and define the edge of its form. By exploring the boundaries of what the work is, the ‘subjectile’ (Derrida’s notion of the subject and object together) becomes the work itself. The stands support a process and are themselves a repetition of another form, one of function and sculptural process. Fresh wet clay cradles the inert mineral rocks, magnifying their fleshy materiality. The red pigments within the rock bleed onto the clay during a process of entropic decay, as the water is replenished and evaporates. What remains is a cracked memory of the transient moment.