Sticky Sculptures

This body of work was carried out in close collaboration with Natural Resources Wales and Bangor University’s BioComposites Centre and supported by Arts Council Wales

Based on site research at the Anglesey fens (Cors Bodeilio and Cors Erddreiniog Nature Reserves), I’ve been delving into the unique materiality of peatlands, Wales’ most effective carbon sinks - thinking, researching, filming and building on forms, half imagined, of sculptures that will come...

My material exploration at Bangor University’s BioComposites Centre is ongoing… think conglomerates of biochar, crushed mussel shells, sweet waste grasses from Cors Erddreiniog, wool and alginates – bound and stuck. I’ve also been working with the inspirational Centre for Alternative Technology, which has taught me about the lime cycle.

There is limestone deep beneath the peat on the fens – that is what creates its rare alkaline ecosystem which is different to most peatlands. For years, I've been working with a nearby limestone quarry in Moelfre, and use this stone in my work. So it is, that a seam of limestone runs through this project.

Key dates:

15 July - 16 September 2023
Wetland Dreams exhibition at Oriel Brondanw

5 – 12 August 2023
Sculptural presentation at the 

Llŷn ac Eifionydd National Eisteddfod

19 August 2023
Artist talk at Oriel Brondanw joined by Dr Sarah Pogoda, Bangor University with a performance by Faye Tan, NDCWales

31 October 2023
Pop-up event with sculptures and performances 
at Cors Bodeilio:

Mari Rose Pritchard and Julie Upmeyer’s performance ‘Void Fraction’