Artist Statement

After growing up amongst nature in rural Cheshire, UK, studying in Spain and then later relocating to Aachen Germany, I often feel separated from ‘place’. In order to ease the feeling of a fragmented self I create works deeply inspired by my natural surroundings to achieve a sense of belonging. This has been strongly influenced by my upbringing within agriculture and rural communities which is an essential part of my heritage. My passion for landscape and nature is represented through site specific installation.

Throughout my practice I often question the definitions of beauty within nature. Bordering on the grotesque and the uncanny my artwork challenges society’s perception of organisms such as fungi and mushrooms. Such an important contributor for the success of the eco system, this life form is commonly regarded with negativity and feelings of unease by the viewer. My artwork aims to subvert this view and highlight their beauty and value for the survival of the planet.

The work encourages artists and the audience to be aware of their environmental footprint in order to reflect on contemporary concerns regarding the current climate crisis. For this generation of artists, it is important to consider the environmental impact of their materials, and to create art that does not contribute to waste pollution or deforestation. Therefore, my artwork is created from biodegradable, reusable and recyclable materials. In previous projects I have intentionally used locally sourced materials to create my art pieces. In turn this often helps local smaller businesses such as textile manufacturers and Fairtrade coffee traders and farmers, whilst also creating connections within the community. This also reduces the carbon footprint for the delivery of materials ensuring the work remains environmentally conscious.

The work is site specific and aims to comment on the landscape and surrounding community that it resides in. My work is often inspired by Land artists, specifically Andy Goldsworthy, and thus documentation of the ephemeral art works remains a main area within my practice. The work features organic growth such as grass, mushrooms, moss and local plants so that it gradually becomes a living sculpture which will eventually return to nature.

 © 2019 Kate Studley

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