My practise is concerned with the idea that anthropocentric decay is exacerbated by a widespread disconnection between humans and our environments. ‘Human exceptionalism’ or ‘Anthropocentrism’ is a mode of thinking that wrongly categorizes humanity as distinctly separate from nature. I want to propose the term ‘emergency intermergences’ - markers of collusions between humans as well as nonhumans in defiance of said separatism, to consciously or unconsciously un-do the isolation of Anthropocentrism:
- between; among.
- mutually; reciprocally
- ‘to ‘immense oneself’; to ‘combine’.
- become known; come to light
‘Emergency’ indicates that time is of the essence, we need to be present and in the now.
‘Intermergences’ acknowledge that kinship is an essential component in rethinking our place in the ecological composition of earth.
Emergency intermergences respond to our times and reflect our need for survival. Emergency intermergences form new and more sustainable collusions within ourselves, with each other, and with everything. Whether through the connections between people going about their daily lives, or through the organic symbiotic relationships that make up the planet and our earthly bodies: lichenous cityscapes, sprawling mycelium webs, squirming gut bacteria, and glowing coral structures. How can exploring these various forms of ‘emergency intermergences’ help us reimagine a world beyond the Anthropocene era we are living in?
To visually explore these concepts, I used both my own photography and found imagery to compose amalgamations to represent symbiotic organisms (using images of lichen, coral, moss, slime moulds, mycelium). The medium of print, traditionally used for the reproduction of images, begins to mirror cellular reproduction, as I trace the evolution of an image from photography, to drawing, to metal plates, to a myriad of vivid printed variations (intaglio, silkscreen, lithography).
My practise also expands to documenting glimpses of human connections and encounters - I have recently undertaken a project funded by London Borough of Waltham Forest to develop my ongoing photo-documentary project, ‘100 Days of Groceries’, which archives the images and stories of grocery stores as a lens through which to view communities both urban and rural. This project showcases glimpses of human encounters through the stories of the shopkeepers, and acts as a love-letter to our local greengrocers, fruit & veg stands, butchers, deli’s, corner shops and bakeries along our high streets.