2020: nest / wreath / scribble / circle

During lockdown, I worked closely with the materials found in my garden, whilst also developing participatory resources for children and adults using natural objects as part of various art pack commissions.

I started playing with nature paint brushes – painting black ink nests – and tying long grass into knots, nests and wreath-like shapes. I let the grass nests dry outdoors over the spring/summer and in autumn, I stacked them up, back on the grassy mound, to rot down. Using the grass nests, I created a series of Cyanotypes in the summer sun.

I worked in my garden to create this work with birds zipping across the garden making nests too, whilst the nation was on lockdown at home. I was thinking about nests as a ‘home’, the wreath as a decorative signifier of a time, a chaotic scribble – how the home could be a distressing or trapping experience during this period, and the a circle form to reference cycles in nature.