Human Geography

This is a series of work made between 2009-2010, inspired by reading the geographer Jared Diamond’s work. It came from a realisation of the different concentric worlds we inhabit.

Humanosphere

Humanosphere is an installation that contrasts the natural and networked worlds. The outer network is representative of our modern designed world, with internet cables or flight paths linking up disparate parts of the world; the inner rolling hills is a representative of the natural living world which still grows and erodes in age old manner. Yet even this is rarely untouched by human presence, and our ideas of what is natural are often an idealised reconstructed vision. The Human diaspora chose to live in one of these concentric worlds, or attempt to move between them.

Copper, pewter, expanding foam and flock, 2009
120 x 80 x 80 cm
Unique, Available for sale

Nature v Network

This work is related to the Humanosphere theme. In it the natural world of the rolling hills is divided by the network of modern technology (flight paths or internet connections). Small figures, the jewel in the crown of life, glisten on rolling hills or structured connections; but we now fear that these humans and the network they have created might just be condemning the safety of the whole.

Plaster, wood, pewter, expanding foam and egg tempera paint, 2010
80 x 40 x 95 cm
Unique, Available for sale

Nature v Network II

This is a smaller variation on the theme of Nature v Network with small pewter figures nestling in both wild and man made environments.

Plaster, wood, pewter, expanding foam and egg tempera paint, 2010
25 x 35 x 20 cm
Unique, In private collection

Erosion study

A small study developing techniques of eroding plaster to create natural forms as part of my Human Geography series.

Plaster, expanding foam and egg tempera paint, 2009
25 x 7 x 35 cm
Unique, Available for sale

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