Protected: Anima Mundi
Protected: Anima Mundi
2014 - 2020
In the inescapable flux, there is something that abides;
in the overwhelming permanence, there is an element that escapes into flux.
A N Whitehead, Process and Reality
The major part of the soul is outside the body.
Sendivogius, New Chemical Light
A series of wall sculptures exploring and honing a visual/spatial language of emergence, relationship and becoming. These perspectives are also explored by process philosophy, cybernetics and systems theory. Each sculpture is part of a dialogue about what it might mean to be a separate entity or an element of a wider system. This occurs in their physical actuality and audience encounter.
They see an individual thing as governed by context, conversely each thing provides the context for the other things they relate to, an interplay at the heart of Whiteheadian process philosophy - the within of something being the without of another and vice versa. This discourse challenges a dominant presupposition of Western individualism - that the world outside the human subject is devoid of agency. These sculptures argue that agency is rippling out again beyond the human and radiating into the world to resume its rightful mantle – the anima mundi.
All these works are a dialogue between discontinuity and process, figure and ground, crystalline and fluid. They how an entity distinguishes itself and stands out from its context. In them it makes no sense to isolate an element from its parent system. An entitiy is embedded in visual field of operation, I am trying to both isolate particular structures and iconise them into comprehensible imagery and at the same time
Meiosis Series consists of four bas-relief works commissioned for Guys Hospital Biomedical Research Institute, London in 2014. Based on the Institute’s research themes, they explore cellular systems and processes involved in disease, for example, an immune cell arming itself in a lymph gland, a cancer cell dividing, a dendritic neuron growing new branches. They are contour maps refuting the notion of simple location, seeing a particular entity as emerging from the flux of process, as an event.
Moko - the elements of this work may be composed in different ways depending on the space and is like a relief wall drawing or tattoo propagating over the wall.
Holarchy radiates out from the wall, its two-tone emphasises optical vibration the branching structures suggesting they are components of a larger network.
Attractor is an interacting two-part system, each element giving rise to the other, each reverberating within the other in an oscillating dance of attraction and repulsion.
Horns of the Dilemma rises from the floor in two Fibonacci curves of cor-ten steel. Each iteration of its form becomes closer to the vertical and the golden mean without ever attaining either as to do so would require an infinite number of iterations.
They are in public and private collections and have all been exhibited in the UK and Australia.
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