PlasticScene is an extension of my third year works, from 2015, in the textiles department of the ANU School of Art. It has since expanded to a multidisciplinary exploration of organic pattern and texture using synthetic materials.
PlasticScene is a speculative experiment in creating pieces that have a living or natural feel while still clearly being inorganic. Using primarily art and craft supplies marketed to children, I like to test the limits of a product and the result is a body of work that feels accessible to the viewer through the nostalgia of using such materials, but also has an element of disbelief. Most of my pieces also explore an area similar to the uncanny valley. I have described them in the past has having a haptic magnetism. Much like a coral reef, or moss, or any other heavily textured naturally occurring environment, the temptation to reach out and touch them is quite strong in most people, however there is a threat hidden within that temptation. Either the threat of the unknown (will it move when i touch it?) or the threat of destruction (will my finger go through this if I touch it). This in turn reflects our own individual impacts on nature.
All of my works are what I call lightly tactile. Which means they can be interacted with by the viewer, but retain an element of fragility. Damage, through life.
I narrowed my practice to ten words recently:
I hope to talk about these ten words, their meaning to me and my practise and also other relevant discussions in my blog as time goes on.