Life throws us unexpected twists and turns. These last months have brought a mixture of both excitement and challenges. Consequently I have made some major changes in my life. Alongside all these other events, preparations for the exhibition at the Natural History Museum, Colchester are well under way.
'The Great Gathering' project is complete and on show in the Museum from 5th March - 14th May. The exhibition consists of seven ammonite shaped books. The title refers to our continued exploration of where we have come from, and where we are going. Using the ammonites spiral shape as a starting point these volumes tell the unfolding story of evolution. Responding to both the Museum collection and the building, each book represents a moment of a 4.5 billion year journey. Ranging from black holes (Dark Beginnings), through to the present. The final volume encourages the viewer to think about our 'unwritten' future. We live in an age of science and data. Consequently we are aware of the interconnectedness of the planets life systems and the impact of our actions on earths ecosystems. I hope the work will encourage people to think about some of these issues and to see themselves a part of a bigger picture.
Combining painted pages, text and photos each volume has it's own story to tell. Like the collections held in the Museum, these books are in equal measure able to preserve and/or reveal secrets.
I am also part of Bookscapes Collective.
Bookscapes is a group of six artists that have developed a group practice specialising in site specific interventions and exhibitions.