LOCAL ISN'T A SWEAR WORD
Exploring how staying local for the things we need and enjoy can help us tackle environmental issues, condense our efforts and build on a sense of community.
As a community artist I started to grow a sense that we were crossing paths . I’d drop in to communities, do my work and leave and another artist would do the same where I lived. International artist held more esteem than national with local at the bottom of the heap.
During lockdown we were forced to focus closely on the local and I created several projects which explored this.
Now I’m wondering how the lessons learnt then might help me stay put and grow something where I live. Can we develop the sense that local has value and get rid of a sense that the good stuff is somewhere else?
Exploring the impact of throw away plastic on wildlife. The work is currently manifest as a series of sculptures made from plastic milk bottles and oil paintings showing birds who have fallen victim to thrown away plastics.
A project to turn the unloved items in a garage into usable and lovely items. Changing perspectives on waste and challenging our aesthetic preferences.