Susan Skingle

In everyday language, the weather, stars and planets appear in pictorially vivid idioms, often charged with fatalistic humour. This correlation between individual lives and natural forces is the focus of my constructions and drawings.

The works are on a domestic scale and delicate, reducing the massive subject matter to intimate mementos. With accretions of small elements I mimic the processes of the natural world. I use commonplace materials; wire-wool, salt, broken light-bulbs.

I draw on the pictorial aspects of science; its graphics and models. They appear in my drawings, but mutated, smudged and overlapped. My constructions are pseudo-experiments or models of arrested action. A suspended shooting star or a volcano in a jar become safely contained miniature events.