My artistic practice is a rigorous research process, navigating local histories, herstories, rituals and mythologies. Collaboration with local craftspeople and traditional makers plays a critical role in my practice, influencing the process of creation and material selection of each work. New technology inspires my unique perspectives and reinterpretation of traditional methods. My installations pay homage to people past, present and future, celebrating the human condition's universality and commemorating lives lived and tales untold. Through an interdisciplinary combination of painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation, I create from a deep sense of empathy, with the intention of providing nourishing and safe environments for stories to be told and heard.
The Corn Dolly Triptych embodies the frameworks and methodologies that surround ritual. The triptych shadows the legacy of the harvest ritual through thousands of years of human evolution. The first corn dolly, Renenutet, represents the Egyptian goddess of the harvest – traced back to Egypt's 18th Century Dynasty. The second dolly, Tailtiu, the great Celtic earth goddess, honours the earth's elemental force and innate abundance. The third dolly, aka Robot Maria, is the radical goddess of the harvest future, imbuing modern industry elements whilst also alluding to a restrictive political, economic, social and environmental paradigm that we currently face.
The Corn Dolly Triptych resides in the Temple of the Harvest. In attendance at the Harvestum are members of the Cult of the Corn Dolly, shepherding the way for both pilgrims and worshippers from far and wide.