Contextualisation.

Dutch chemist Paul Crutzen popularized the term ‘anthropocene’ in reference to the effects of human activity now visible within the Permian strata of the Earth. The widespread practice of excavating vast quantities of minerals and thus consequently re-forming the Earth’s geological archive has meant that we have well and truly imprinted evidence of humanity’s relatively short period of evolutionary history on to this planet. The written records of human history date back 5000 years and yet at our most dominant we are consciously aiding the acceleration of our own species’ extinction.

The Clay Collection. Archive 32-93. [Leeds 2016].

The Clay Collection. Archive 32-93. [Leeds 2016].

Mixed Clay Sculptures. Archive 31-182. [Leeds, 2016].

Mixed Clay Sculptures. Archive 31-182. [Leeds, 2016].

We, as humans, wield an extraordinary degree of influence over the planet that sustains us, and yet our concept of progress is driven primarily by a hunger to exhaust our environment. Copernicus proved in the 16th century that this planet and its people are not the centre of the universe, yet our destructive mentality of self-as-centre continues to shape the Earth’s living biosphere, edging the species ever closer to a state of ecological free fall.

White Clay Sculptures. Archive: 74-124. [Leeds, 2016].

White Clay Sculptures. Archive: 74-124. [Leeds, 2016].

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