Being a physicist for many years, I was always fascinated by how nature constructs something atom by atom or cell by cell. The patterns that lay regularly deep down in matter and living organisms, creating irregular forms and shapes, intrigued my creative being to take control over my scientific self. That is why I decided to leave behind my career as a physicist to adopt a new one as an artist/maker.
I make intricate porcelain sculptures inspired by micro and macro study of plant forms. I inspire by the details in depth, which are hidden from a naked eye, therefore, I explore through the eye of a microscope. The great collection of microscopic slides, available at the herbarium at the Manchester museum, provided me with the opportunity to look through hundreds of specimens made by the botanists of the late seventeenth century. These slides had been abandoned and stacked away in drawers, but I wanted to give them a new purpose by using them in my work. Sometimes the compositions found in my own imaginative interpretations bypass what is found in nature. This blurred line between reality and 'created reality' intrigues my practice. If only for a moment, one might lose themselves in the curiosity of the composition, perhaps creating a personal narrative with the piece. This process of creation and exploration forms a shared experience between me and the viewer.
My practice exhibits the work made by hand without use of any technologies. I work directly with porcelain clay, with a very limited use of tools or equipment which helps me to create a mutual understanding between me and my chosen medium. The way I use porcelain is challenging as I keep it very thin which helps me to create a sense of fragility and movement in my work. I do not really design things before I start making them as I prefer to let the ideas happen during the slow making and thinking process. In my work, there’s always repetition of a single or multiple elements which mimic the process of growth. I like this repetitive action – it is not a thoughtless activity but is meditative and comforting. Moreover, the repetitive nature of bringing together many components creates a rhythm and facilitates an active trance of intention.