Working collaboratively under their studio practice Forest + Found, Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth work with wood, natural pigments and textiles, to produce sculptural and wall based works. Bainbridge works on sculptures, taking the natural forms of the material as a starting point for carving and working sections of wood into anthropological objects, and Booth produces large, abstract textile pieces that deconstruct the language of drawing and painting using natural pigments to produce fragmented compositions on the wall. Specialising in building relationships between grounded objects and the abstract, liminal space in their textiles, they create installations that allow audiences to interact spatially and conceptually with their work.

Architectural structures, ancient landscape and cultural objects are all starting points for physical process and visual compositions in Bainbridge and Booth’s work. Having trained in Fine Art, their approach to practice is investigative and research driven and stems from a deep relationship to object making and material processes. The traditional skills they employ are a result of questioning how, through the use of natural materials and hand tools, they can gain a greater understanding of their strong connection to place through the experience of making and handling objects. Hand carving, woodturning, natural dyeing and textile construction are tools for exploring the sculptural and performative quality of objects, through form, composition and colour. Working with native wood and a dye palette sourced from the land, their practice is driven by process and a generated dialogue between the objects and textiles they make. Mark making and the meaning of the made object is looked at across all times and cultures, allowing them to produce work inherently connected to the past yet always contextualising itself in the present and projected future.

Images by Yeshen Venema