Rowan DG Corkill
Rowan DG Corkills artistic practice is focused around mankind’s relationship with nature, both past and present. The artists research is centred on the ethnographical exploration of different cultures and civilisations, many of which are firmly rooted in a deep relationship with nature. By exploring different cultures, the artist has been able to learn how the human species has understood and interpreted nature over thousands of years through complex mythologies and symbolisms. This seems ever more prominent in a world where science and technology are at the forefront of our gaze, with the natural world becoming increasingly distant and our relationship with nature slowly dissipating. The works which Rowan Corkill creates posse a sense power as well as fragility, a duality which echoes that of the natural world. In recent sculptural works the artist has explored the protective qualities of materials, both physical and symbolic. The idea of protection has been one of mankind’s most prominent desires from the beginning of time and has manifested its selves in ritualistic objects around the world. Nature often acts as an intermediary between man and the spirit world beyond and It is in these instances that we can truly see the power and respect that nature once held over mankind.