Suppose the world doesn’t revolve round we humans? Maybe we’re just part of a network of relationships, between almost anything – even washed-up seaweed?

My work explores the ‘chain of connection by which all natural forces are linked together and made mutually dependent upon each other,’ an idea which was first mooted by scientist, explorer, naturalist, Alexander Humboldt (1769-1859).

If we accept that we are not separate to the workings of the planet but are deeply entangled then our relationship with the world around us shifts.

I combine copper-covered seaweeds, dried kelp stipes, beach finds and mirror in an intricate dance of contrasting materials and dynamic forms. Like dancers, these entanglements create a new unity. To dance with the natural world by not only taking from it but also giving back to it, offers a possibility of collaborative survival in the face of accelerated change.

References and further reading can be found on Cally’s website here.

Seaweed Craft Workshops

Make your own 2D seaweed artwork with guidance from Cally Nurse at Perth Creative Exchange on Tuesday 13 February. Sessions are at 9:30am-12pm and 1pm-3:30pm. One session is £30 or £50 for both. Email to book.


Event Details

Date: January 18 - March 4
Time: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm

Perth Creative Exchange
Stormont Street

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