Aqua: gold of the future…?

Materials: timber, bamboo, soil, grass, aluminium brackets, plastic bags, water, cast iron wheels


A bamboo boat structure supports a precious cargo of water filled plastic bags on a bed of growing wheat grass. The boat is installed within a red painted timber frame structure that resembling a small house precariously standing upside down and anchored to a timber stage/diving board type construction. This work aims to inspire conversation and raise awareness of the value and security of our natural resources and as always with my work the outcome is inconclusive with the grass growing and possibly dying during its display; this is key to its concept.

Through site-specific environmental installations I seek to challenge the predictability of expectations & ‘cultural homogeneity’. This conceptually multi-layered intervention continues my research into the social, environmental and historical impacts of natural resource extraction and reflects upon our society’s addiction to over consumption and materialism, while emphasising the pressures placed on our ‘natural capital’ highlighting water as our most valuable resource: ‘gold of the future…’

The focus of my practice is the concept of transition, including notions of unpredictability, vulnerability and ephemerality. Issues relating to ecology, cultural displacement, consumption and materialism and changing climates inform it.

Explores the social and environmental impacts of mining while acknowledging water as our most valuable ‘natural capital’.

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