title. the wild ascending
description. lost sounds of nature reclaim space in London's streets as part of Deptford X 2019.
title. violent echoes
description. At times, spaces designated for nature instead become sites of destruction and protection. Attempts to convey the realities of these temporary battlegrounds often favour the visual. The regularity with which such imagery is circulated can numb viewers to its significance. These spaces are inhabited by other sensory information. Sound permeates these spaces, at times ambient and at others fraught, its quality affected by the space’s materiality as well as the unfolding drama. This blends with other senses to generate embodied experiences of sites of violence and resistance. These sensory cues can remain affecting even when the visual loses its power, and represent other modes of knowing and understanding the world. The importance of this increases climate change accelerate the loss of natural spaces.
title. full moon garden
date. 2019 (ongoing)
description. Full Moon Garden draws on traditions of moon gardening and imbuing plants with meaning. It celebrates the lunar calendar, which provides another way of understanding the passage of time, emphasising its more cyclical and regenerative qualities. Every full moon, plants are added to the Full Moon Garden, each with significance. Full moons are given titles - wolf, snow, harvest, hunter - expressing certain realities and stimulating reflections. A letter, written to the moon each month, uses the moon's qualities and the plant's meanings as a start point for inward contemplation. It becomes a journal, a time for personal growth just as the garden borne of this process grows and deepens in meaning with each plant added. Images have been selected as competition finalists by London National Park City (2019) and Grey Cube Gallery (2020).
title. sonic warfare/collateral damage
description. Navy activity is known to cause cetacean species to strand en masse, and yet these harmful military practices continue without widespread knowledge. Sonic Warfare/Collateral Damage plunges audiences into the cetaceans' world and positions them between routine military training exercises and their real-life effects. The disorienting and often uncomfortable installation is designed to stimulate affective responses in audiences as a way of connecting to the realities of these practices.
Folkestone Gardens, Lewisham (04:37).
A small pocket of land, which includes a pond that is vital for many bird species. With a train line either side, a busy road nearby, and a flight path overhead, this oasis is being squeezed from every direction. A local community group recently secured funding to develop the pond, but a development proposal for a 16 storey building threatens to block sunlight from the pond, and most of the park.
title. the darkness of light (outré collaboration)
description. outré was invited to participate in an outdoor exhibition at Milton's cottage. The conflict between light and darkness in Paradise Lost was represented by ‘tainted’ bulbs. Fragrant herbs and flowers replaced light filaments, as a nod to the cottage's wonderful gardens and frequent reference to flora in Milton's work. Each bulb was inscribed with relevant snippets of Milton’s poetry and prose.
title. camberwell arts festival (outré collaboration)
description. outré was invited to participate in the Camberwell Arts Festival by creating two window commissions for local businesses to draw attention and interest from passers-by.
title. little bittern (outré collaboration)
date. 2015 + 2016
description. As the 'migration crisis' reached horrifying levels, outré travelled to Calais to spend time with people stuck in the 'Jungle'. Determined to convey their stories to UK audiences, outré was invited to present an interactive signpost sculpture at BoomTown and Shambala Festivals in 2015 + 2016. The signpost emits snippets from interviews conducted in Calais, as it demonstrates the distances and directions to cities where many refugees originate from. The birds are those which migrate between the UK and these countries, unimpeded by border controls. Audiences were invited to stamp their solidarity with refugees.
title. firefly tales (outré collaboration)
description. outré was invited to participate in Deptford X, which took as its theme 'Deptford Stories'. Firefly Tales brought together contemporary reflections on Deptford with those from its grand naval past.