An installation featuring a gathering of wood fired ceramic vessels - created for the Jerwood Open Forest exhibition (November-December 2016).
An installation featuring a gathering of wood fired ceramic vessels - created for the Jerwood Open Forest exhibition (November-December 2016). Reminiscent of funerary pots - traditionally as tall as the longest bone in our bodies - the installation reflects on how we remember that which might be lost.
The exhibition was developed alongside my proposal for a large-scale outdoor performance, 'The Forest of Lost Trees' in response to research into Forestry Commission sites around the country, investigating the relationship between memory and landscape in personal, political and global spheres. The work explores the idea that we need to understand the possibility of loss in order to care, inspired by the fact that the Forestry Commission was itself established in response to the national depletion of woodlands in the First World War. The proposed performance brings together stories about lost trees that open up connections between personal experience of loss and wider themes such as deforestation, climate change, love, colonisation, and collective memory.
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