Holding water, 2018
This work came about after reading Ursula Le Guin’s essay ‘A Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction’. Within the essay, Le Guin examines how we are fed a narrative of the hero within our understanding of history. We are more likely to hear tales of war and conquest than the stories of the day to day life. Within the more domesticated side of history is written a story of collaboration, with each other but also in negotiating the environments we have found ourselves in. Whilst we look at the tools of war in our history, we sometimes dismiss the role of tools such as the bowl, which allowed us to transport water from source to home. The bowl allowed us to contain water, something that, in its natural state, cannot be held and even though contained continues to flow and react to the environment around it.