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From the artist:
Over lockdown, I have been producing a series of photographic self portraits wearing facemasks composed of delicate and ephemeral natural materials. These have been collected from my daily walks, where I have been homing in on my immediate surroundings, paying close attention to the plant life as it comes in and out of season. Buttercups have a folkloric connection with being held to the face. The natural world provides a lot of our medicines and remedies yet these are far removed from a clinical setting, juxtaposed with a surgical mask; a sight with which we are all so familiar with in the current climate. The plants act as a natural filter; they give us oxygen so that we can breathe through them; they give us life. The masks also aim to question whether the spread of the virus is nature's way of retaliating and teaching us to care for our environment more, to slow down and pay attention to the world.