Scarlett Woodman

My practice explores the relationship between the natural and the man-made worlds, how they can be both constructive and destructive towards one another and the conflict that exists between them. In my most recent work, I have been exploring the places and the moments at which these two opposing forces meet, closely examining the relationship between these contrasting materials and how they interact. Concerned with our attitude towards the natural environment, my work intends to make the viewer contemplate their own relationship with and attitude towards the natural world. I often use found objects in my practise as I like the immediacy of this, their materiality, and I find much enjoyment in the process of gathering and collecting, being much influenced by the practise of herman de vries. Time, entropy and decay are prevalent themes of the resulting works, which frequently focus on the idea of the ruin, particularly that described by Georg Simmel as the artificial gradually returning to nature. Although offering a ruinous aesthetic, there can be found more of a sense of the hope and strength of life, than a dystopian view of an apocalyptic future in my works, for their aim is to encourage hope of something better, rather than to present a foreboding warning. A celebration of the strength and resilience of nature, whilst also acknowledging its fragility.