Stitched Leaf Dance, 2010
Magnolia leaves, organic brushed cotton, cotton thread
A sense of narrative builds within my practice through performative elements: repetitive actions, slowness and ritual.
Stitched Leaf Dance was made by the meditative process of stitching dried Magnolia leaves onto brushed cotton. I then introduced the piece to local woodland, placing the sections of sculpture around the forest- my movements becoming a ritual or dance.
The installed Stitched Leaf sculpture became a mythical creature, akin to the Kraken of ancient Scandinavian tales, which slumbered in the dark, dreamless oceans. It also recalled the sinister English folk-tale Babes in the Wood, in which two children are left in a wood to die and are covered with leaves by the birds.