The seed guardians were born after a series of events. I left Herefordshire to embark on the MA Art & Environment course in Falmouth University with the knowledge that the father of my sons was diagnosed with cancer. Richard and I had not lived together for some time, yet we were bonded in love and respect through the gift of our children. Richard became terminally ill. In this time I was making little clay figurines which I used as votives, giving them to the land and waterscape of Falmouth in ritualised blessings. On one of my many visits home, Richard handed me his seed collection, saying he would not have use for them now. We had grown abundant gardens, together and apart: I had also worked on an organic vegetable farm. We had nurtured our children’s creative childhoods; their parents, a musician and an artist: both adult sons are working in creative industries.

The timing of this gift from Richard coincided with the necessary development of a major project. Having undergone many possibilities towards being an advocate for an environmental concern, the choice became clear... the gift of life, the seed of creation. The making of the guardians nurtured my grief through the process of Richard dying. The clay in my hands absorbed my feelings and transferred them into each character, as they grew in their own unique way. I am grateful for the nurturing that soil and seed in the hand gives, healing and giving hope for continuance of life. I am also grateful that I had the opportunity to share my project with Richard before he died, and he loved it. It became evident that this humble relationship had so many layers to it, with a desire to be shared its development continued into a community project: Seed Community germinated.

Set 1: Rajka Apple, Herefordshire

Set 2: Kea Plum, Cornwall

Set 3: Giant Sunflower, Brighton

Touching Earth

Exhibition Set-up

MA & Other Post Graduates, Feb-Mar 2015, Atkinson Gallery, Somerset