Annette Mills

My work is concerned with the haptic, with concepts linked to transitional space. Change and transience are inherent in the physical processes of my making and consequently guide and structure my decision-making. The random weaving of willow appears chaotic until, working with the dynamic and tensile qualities of the material, a potential form is suggested and a structure begins to emerge. The work in this exhibition explores how this process can be considered as movement through transitional spaces and whether the initial feelings of excitement and energy can be retained within the captured space of the refined and completed work.
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As an artist-maker, working with fibre and plant material, I research and incorporate traditional basketry techniques to create dynamic and tactile sculptural forms. I work with a variety of plant species and fibres which I can grow, harvest and forage. e.g. daffodils, iris, grasses, rush and willow. By combining them with the ancient techniques of looping, twining and weave I make baskets with a contemporary twist.