This most recent body of work explores the re-wilding and re-balancing of self through encounter with an "other" within nature. Directed by my own personal challenges with health I began exploring local woodlands and nature reserves as a form of physical therapy and soon discovered it to be a form of emotional therapy just as much, if not more so. I noticed a particular soothing atmosphere in these environments that melted away my anxieties and stress. It was here that I began photographing the enigmatic and beautiful fungi that grew from decay and other plants around me. I hope to share some of this affective, magical and healing experience with the viewer, along with generating an interest and awareness of fungi's fascinating and crucial role in ecological matters.
XII , MFA Degree Show 2022
Attachment , 2022, 60 x 40 cm , oil on canvas
Amethyst Deceiver, 2022, 60 x 40 cm , oil on canvas
Do you Gaze Back?, 2022, 60 x 48 cm , oil on canvas
Always on the cusp of something else, 2021, 60 x 48 cm , oil on canvas
Garlic Breath, 2022, 60 x 48 cm , oil on canvas