“We Only Print in Blood Red”
“We only Print in Blood Red” will be a site specific sculptural piece for Counterpart, to be installed on two trees on the edge of Lytham Bowling Green, exploring the complex and often destructive relationship we have with our environment. Counterpart has 12 artists work installed throughout Lytham , July 21 to August 16.
The piece will be fired and glazed ceramic, involving thousands of clay finger prints, made by repetitively pressing clay between my fingers to create 12 individual pieces which will occupy the trees, visually and conceptually similar to fungi which often grows on decaying parts of trees or around wounds. The piece explores the relationship between healthy, attractive, symbiotic and unhealthy, invasive and destructive.
There is a dichotomy or ambivalence inherent in this work, reflective of a deep respect for our natural environment- we treasure and enjoy trees in parks and woodlands, in an explicitly symbiotic relationship – whilst also referencing the unavoidable, global truth of our innately devouring and destructive drive manifested in deforestation and its returning impact on us.