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Jackie Brown
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I am a sculptor who uses the materials of the natural world to explore my connection to it

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Drawing, Environment, Sculpture

I use natural materials to investigate the relationship between the domestic interior and the natural world.

A city dweller responding to a collective memory of a time when there was a more direct collaboration between human settlement and the immediate natural surroundings, I walk out to gather leaves and bark that have fallen to the park or wood floor. Cutting, sticking, sewing and piling, these harvest are fashioned into objects that reflect a domestic narrative.

Piles of bark and leaves balance, layer upon layer, like the towers of linens ordered into the airing cupboard waiting to live out their history.

A tender leaf is cut and stitched into a coat a symbol of nurture and protection. This leaf  a vegetative organ whose function is to turn sunlight into glucose is very evocative to humans. The very language of it's parts is familiar, cuticle, vein, epidermis. There is a connection.

I have a strong desire to see the stuff of the earth. This stuff struggles to show itself under the mass of architecture and street furniture, but it is there holding up the sprawling conurbation.On walks to doctors appointments, hairdressers, shopping trips I collect earth bringing it back to the studio to be carefully sieved. This fine delicate soil is used to make drawings.

As well as walking out to harvest materials, I harvest materials from inside the domestic interior and from humans themselves. I have used human hair to stitch, weave and mold. I want to form a strong connection between the materials of ourselves and the materials of the natural world. I want them to work alongside to create their own mythology.

South East London