Susan Buttner, untitled, 2023, marble dust, plaster, found wood, installation view, photograph, courtesy the artist, Studio 10, Pallas Projects Studios, Dublin.
TEXT/Repetition, creative gestures, opening movements of transformation, 'an inherent relationship between the body and the earth'.
An inherent relationship between the body and the earth is a dialogue of sorts between mental health, the female body, nature, human/nonhuman, artifice, painted surface, the exposition of things to hand. Through this work the artist continues to address complexity and confront climate change challenges in ways that are provocative and engaging, opening up a dialogue with climate crisis and with the female body in the modern Irish landscape. Utilising performance methodologies, material gesture, video and sound as constructive material, creating relationality between aesthetic localism, (anchored in a particular place), ways of being in the world.
Exploring climate change as a mental health concern, evoking moments of friction and mutation, sculptures made with found objects, the readymade and paintings are uncanny, fetishised and playful, blurring the line between human and nonhuman, The work attempts to reveal the importance of thinking about climate crisis related to the feminist epistemological position, that regards knowledge as derived from social practice, that recognises the different power dynamics, gender, class and race that affect people’s mental health experiences of climate change. Collaborative, open conversations explore the relations between human and nonhuman actors shape and are shaped by their broader socio-political context. Exploring how we can make an informed shift in our human relationship with nature, away from the practice of treating the earth as inert and disposable.
Special thanks to everyone who took part and engaged with this work over the past seven months at Studio 10, Pallas Projects Studios and to Fingal County Council Artists Support Scheme Award which helped facilitate the research and the making of this body of work. Research into the complexities of this evolving project will continue at the Musée Camille Claudel, France, in early November 2023 and will cumulate in a performance film in 2024.