I just set-up a small show 'Why Pollen?' with several new works and additional supporting pieces.
After working with pollen as pigment for a few years on the side, I needed a deadline to get some pieces finished.
Why Pollen? 22nd Jan - 18th March @ The Haberdashery, 170 Stoke Newington High Street, London, N16 7JL.
Rainforests, plains and prairies are being destroyed by industrial agriculture as man demands more meat.
“The livestock sector is by far the single largest anthropogenic user of land... the total area dedicated to feedcrop production amounts to 33 percent of total arable land. In all, livestock production accounts for 70 percent of all agricultural land and 30 percent of the land surface of the planet.”
As pollen disperses it leaves a permanent fossil record in the earth's layers. Future geologists will see pollen monocultures in the rock where previously there was enormous biodiversity - lasting evidence of man's impact on the world.
Industrial agriculture uses increased pesticides which kill pollinators. So the bees who collect pollen and fertilise thirty percent of the world’s food are disappearing.
An interest in industrial agriculture’s environmental impact led me to pollen. I started collecting different forms of pollen and discovered its delicate and unpredictable colours. I couldn’t help but use it as pigment.
Livestock's Long Shadow: environmental issues and options". Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Rome 2006