FOREST + FOUND

A COLLABORATIVE STUDIO PRACTICE SET UP BY ARTISTS MAX BAINBRIDGE AND ABIGAIL BOOTH

Architectural structures, ancient landscape and cultural objects are all starting points for physical process and visual compositions in Max and Abigail’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. 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 our 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 contextualizing itself in the present and projected future.