My work encourages viewers to renegotiate their relationship with the environment. This approach is developed with a method based upon Goethe’s theory of knowledge: ‘conscious-process-participation’. It focuses attention on the phenomena themselves, and on the dynamic relationships formed in space and time, between the observer and the observed.
Goethe was doubtful as to whether conventional scientific methodology should be accepted as the exclusive approach to nature, relying instead on his own, direct experience of the natural world as a source for his scientific insights into nature’s processes. This ‘Goethean’ way of science pays rigorous attention to empathy, intuition and imagination. Most artists spontaneously engage with the phenomena of the natural world without necessarily being conscious of
the why and how of their approach. Goethe, on the other hand, directed his conscious awareness toward the process of engagement itself.
He developed a methodology for a participatory, phenomenon-focused science that allows anybody who engages in its sustained practice to access an experience of reality as process, interaction and relationship. This methodology has four stages: 1) exact sense perception; 2) exact sensorial fantasy; 3) seeing is beholding; and 4) being one with the object. It involves acknowledging our own personal involvement in how we usually meet the world, and the fact that
we habitually employ a set of basic assumptions. This observational method is central to how I engage with my work and the art works that I create.