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Artist engaging with less conscious modes of perception: touch, hearing, memory, sense of time, movement, atmosphere: when mind, body and world interact.

New art growing

The main aim of my AA2A placement has been to experiment and explore directions. In autumn 2015 a synchronistic encounter with a bountiful oak tree led me to decide to plant a collection of acorns. I anticipated that new approaches would emerge from the meditative activity of planting and nurturing the seedlings during the winter months. I wanted to embrace growth and also intuition: see where it would take me... (more details about the project's development are in the Anima Mundi image album: here).

I worked with a variety of materials and media including a collaboration with a local cabinet maker. We made  a piece reminiscent of the wartime 'Enigma' machines to draw attention to human attempts to encode and decipher the world through language, constant data collection and processing.

My other pieces in the 'inprogress' exhibition were more light-arted, decorative and playful. Glass showcases became greenhouses, 'growbags' and mazes hosted tiny living oaks and a series of prototypes trialled ways to package 'art' seedlings, as they await their chance to live a long life and become beautiful oak trees.

Being present in the gallery during the exhibiton brought me opportunities to learn what others saw, felt and thought, in response to the works.

Some further imagery here.

The project continues to grow.

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Album created by Fiona Candy 586 days ago
Images in album: 16

The images included here are from the recent 'inprogress' exhibition in the Cornerstone Gallery at Liverpool Hope University, and show a selection of pieces from my ongoing Anima Mundi project. 

Fiona Candy 584 days ago