Often uneasy or tragic, irrational or other, my work is linked to a real world of suffering and transcendence: making sculpture from organic materials as a means of advocacy, atonement or commemoration; shifting to story and the written word as a way to enter emotional and numinous spaces of memory and dream. What appears on the surface to be a wilful disturbance of the remains of organic life in order to fulfil a creative compulsion is intended to be part of a transforming and re-sanctifying process. Taken materials are reconfigured into new forms to express complex feelings of grief and loss, love and devotion, fertility and renewal. Fundamental in this work is a conviction in an irrepressible spirit for regeneration in the world, an imperishable flame that rises most clearly for me in landscape and the magic and otherness of animals.
Born in Worcestershire, Jim Carter received an MA with distinction in Art and Environment from Falmouth University and an MSc award in Ecopsychology from the Centre for Human Ecology in Edinburgh. His work has been published in Dark Mountain, Earthlines and Unpsychology Magazine.
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