Digital Photograph by Jan O'Highway
Working across a range of media, from fused glass, colourful mosaic and sculpture with hand-built and glazed ceramic to large-format digital prints, I have received many commissions for public and private spaces, and have extensive experience with community and education projects. Commissioned pieces are usually figurative and easily read while personal exploratory work is mostly abstract.
The impact of waste, plastics and oil on our planet is a huge concern and I often include found objects in my work, drawing attention to the uniqueness of the things we ignore and discard - the extraordinary richness of shape and meaning to be found in the unvalued fallen flower or plastic toy, changed by time.
- Fallen petals from the Magnolia Steps in Dartington Hall Gardens.
Since 2016 I’ve been making an ongoing study of plants growing on the Dartington Estate; documenting through digital photography the underlying structures of plants - from seed to leaf to blossom to fruit to eventual disintegration.
Reminiscent of the 17th century Vanitas still life tradition, the strong chiaroscuro of these images emphasizes the structures of flower petals in blossom and disintegration.
Looking at plants in this way is also an attempt to expand my vision to include both the conventional view of beauty and the imperfect on equal terms - does the decaying form have value and interest equal to that of the perfect bloom…
Easy to see in a plant, not so easy in my own aging body!
Archival Digital Print on Canvas
Framed Archival Print