Our ancestors, the neanderthals, hunted only what they needed to survive and made productive use of what remained. With bone, skin, sinew and plant materials, they created objects of both practical and symbolic worth. This logic seems entirely alien to our contemporary existence, as the sheer abundance of human waste now threatens to eradicate us altogether.
Kevina-Jo Smith’s work emerges from her almost obsessive collection and reuse of waste materials. Plastic bags, string, leather, rope, ribbon, seeds, shells, sticks, grass and plants are knitted, woven, knotted and braided into totems for a new age. Her craftsmanship transforms familiar debris into vivid textural objects that nurture and protect: woven cloaks, fishing nets and sheltering structures.