“Drawing from New Materialist theories my interest in the agency of matter is revealed in the work by emphasising the moving boundaries between changing states. As for example the constant change in the crystallisation of salts and plant based substances, the subtle changes of colour in the fibres through oxidation processes, or the stimulating and volatile scents released from essential oils.
These changing states are encouraged and sustained by the idea of a non-hierarchical approach to matter. A horizontal and collaborative approach to materials is always present in the process, this aims to acknowledge the agency of matter and our own materiality as a way of transcending social distinctions.
The work looks into the cross-cultural exchanges which have given shape to our globalised context, as for example the use of plants and spices for medicinal or clothing purposes, such as the originated in South American or Asian countries and which have reached a global scale since the 16th Century.
Transatlantic Trade Routes, ideas of labour, trade, interconnectedness, and horizontality, feed the studies of matter, assigning to it further implications in the dissolution of hierarchies as well as ecological consequences.”