16 November – 10 December
Join us for opening night, Friday 16 November at 5.30pm.
“We’ve reached an unprecedented moment in planetary history – the Anthropocene,” says artist Kevina-Jo Smith. The Anthropocene is a term used to describe the current epoch, characterised by significant human impact on the Earth’s geology and ecosystems.
“I have been investigating the idea of the cyclical nature of human behaviour - the idea that we’re going in circles. I envisage a cyclone, where there is an inward-moving cycle and an outward-moving cycle. That is how I feel humankind is behaving – some people doing everything they can to undo or at least not contribute to the problem, and some people are just winding deeper and deeper into environmental chaos.”
Kevina is known for her practice of creating large scale weavings using upcycled materials. For this exhibition, she has taken inspiration from the image of the cyclone, creating scaled-down circular weavings that reflect the tension between the inner and outer cycles, not only of the weather system, but of how humankind is dealing - or not - with anthropogenic climate change.
“There are now so many of us, using so many resources, that we’re disrupting the great natural cycles. Almost all the planet’s ecosystems bear the mark of our presence. As Oxford University geographer, Professor Andrew Barry says, our ‘impacts are now connected, and systemic.’ This interconnectedness is what I have tried to reflect in my artwork.”
“While creating these artworks I have also been preparing to give birth for the first time – and so it is important for me to consider not only my personal impact on the environment, but also the impact my child will have on this planet.”
“I have been reconfiguring my practice, adjusting to working on a smaller scale. I have been researching and speaking to other artists about how they have continued their creative practice once becoming a parent, and I hope the meditative nature of this process and my art practice encourages the audience to stop and think about their own personal impacts, and what they can do to change it.”