1. Confusion of Tongues, 2016
Terracota brick dust
Working as an artist and an archaeologist in London allows me to move between these spheres, playing both the finder and the creator. I try to make new works which speak to old artefacts. My interests also lie in the ground, the clay and the chalk, solid materials that allow for creating the man-made things and images we engage with. Archaeology and Art are both ways of resurrecting images, objects and concepts. A usual starting point for my practice begins in the attraction of fabrics associated with construction, for example, building materials and the ways in which their dormant state can bring about possibilities of structuring. Sometimes, these initial leads end up with works that are ruined forms of artefacts, left behind by deconstruction (processes). The sculpture/installation 'Confusion of Tongues' I see fitting into the 'Suffering and Sin' theme. The work holds an abstract reference to the story of The Tower of Babel. God's obstruction of the building of the tower, scattering of the people and inability to converse through a single language was punishment for their efforts in building a tower "tall enough to reach heaven." The work refers to ruins; however, from ruins new life/new ideas have the opportunity to begin again.