Things That Grow In Haunted Places is my current project that explores a hypothetical mutation of materials and organisms. I aim to build upon the understanding that all things eventually go back into the earth, addressing environmental, political and cultural issues, as I imagine what will grow out of our synthetic waste to form the uncanny ecologies of our future.
My research navigates the intersection between object-oriented thought and ecological perspectives, often using allegory to depict the concepts and ideas that have been critical in the development of the work, such as Anna Tsing’s Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet, where I re-conceptualise her themes of ‘Ghosts’ and ‘Monsters’. I am also influenced by speculative narratives, science fiction novels and ancient mythology, which highlight the importance of storytelling for earthly survival.
Using sculpture, video, sound, text, photography and drawing, I fabricate otherworldly forms that exist in an imagined, but not so far off, future. Sometimes these works look like fossils and remnants of a future past, while others speculate about the mutations of plant-animal hybrids. I bring these works together in a digital space that creates an immersive and poetic experience of life beyond the Anthropocene, and tells a tale of the resilience of nature in the face of ecological crisis. I hope for this to be a constantly evolving space as I continue to respond to a perpetually shifting environment.
With this work, I invite others to re-think our human position in the world in relation to all other life forms and re-consider our participation in a vast network of vibrant matter.