My work is concerned with telling the stories of farm life.
As Ingolds asserts “To tell has two related senses. On the one hand, a person who can tell is able to recount the stories of the world. On the other hand, to tell is to be able to recognise subtle cues in one’s environment and to respond to them with judgement and precision.’ (Ingold, 2013 Making p.110). I think my work attempts to conflate the two – to use the former, that is narrative, to make the latter – visible.
“The key thing about stories” Ingold says “is that they provide practitioners with the means to tell of what they know without specifying it. They do not so much carry encrypted information as offer pointers of where to go and what to look out for”
The stories I tell are laced with emotion, images and materials… “Not describe the world, or to represent it, but to open up our perception to what is going on there so that we, in turn can respond to it”
What is material thinking?