Loraine Morley Montgomeryshire, United Kingdom
I live and work on a wild and remote ten acres in upland Montgomeryshire. It's provided a welcoming environment for my artistic practice of the last thirteen years, initiated by the need for a creative means of exploring and giving form to an obscure and turbulent inner landscape. I'm self-taught, with an academic background in the humanities and philosophy. My work is broadly sculptural.
The themes of my work respond to an existential terrain which might be described as a marginal place of the broken, the lost, the ephemeral, the unwanted, the nameless, the wordless. Experiences of loss, grief, isolation and loneliness are the emotional 'weather' of this terrain. The materials I use are exclusively re-cycled; paper, cardboard, old textiles, plant dyes. They are a means of representing these themes; and an attempt to reclaim something from the detritus.
As a self-taught practitioner, the concept of bricolage has greatly informed my practice. Making use of what comes to hand, in terms of materials, technique and tools, my work remains an ongoing experiment, always in process.