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November (Confined Harvest), 35x35cm, C-type, 2020
In these photographic works, the flatbed scanner captures my cyclical ‘performances’ of presenting the harvest of each vegetable I planted during lockdown.Referring to the Dig for Victory WW2 campaign, these works not only allude to issues of survival but also to the invigorating and sensory aspect of growing food as an antidote to digital overload. I see these as tentative self-portraits; my hand holding the fruits of its labour with unequivocal tactile pleasure and a palpable sense of pride. A sense of victory over feelings of entrapment as the plant overflows the tight photographic frame, but with an inevitable return to the digital world, reaping our new possibilities of online connections and sharing.