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Seed to Star

Shovel head, cement, ash, acrylics, oils, emulsion, gold leaf, metal bucket and glitter.

The shovel, painted so as to suggest stars and constellations, is connected to the white egg, the true Virgin, an innocent symbolising new beginnings. On one level the piece refers to Galileo's radical observations and the subsequent ramifications for Western religion and more critically culture. On another level it suggests a conjoined paradox between the intimate and the infinite. A tool fashioned by man for working on and with the matter of land carries traces of the heavens. Through contact with the earth and matter it is tool of regeneration, an enabling and transformative object. The white egg confounds religious dogma and is used to suggest the differences between religious belief systems and natural phenomena, invented myth and the given, proven fact.

The title is re-phrasing of "a star for every blossom", which was an idea proposed by the 17th Century mystic alchemist Robert Fludd, who believed in a geocentric image of the Cosmos. He outlined a system of exact correspondence between the macrocosm and the microcosm, with the Sun at the centre of the macrocosm and the heart at the centre of the microcosm.

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