BA (Hons) Fine Art
Time and Tide
My practice centres around diasporic meditation, a reaching through time and place to the lives and homelands of my ancestors, I am drawn to the storytelling power of domestic objects, tools, and materials which throughout my life have had an unconscious significance and familiarity, as I fall between the gaps which grow between two countries, family bonds, the past and the present; I use these tactile things as talismans, to provide strength and to solidify my sense of identity and place in the world. Thus, drawing from the ethnographic visual language and folkloric roots of my Baltic heritage, I seek to embody the role of shaman to weave inherited story and contextual research together in order to lessen the distances of time and place. With a focus on hand-built ceramics in conjunction with painting and collected media, I work to craft a poetic diorama combining genetic identity, spiritual belonging and archaic memory; which in turn imbue beauty into to the present moment and enrich daily life with symbolic meaning.