Experiments in Living [Melt], by Sammy Hawker examines methodologies of co-creation between herself and the more-than human. Investigating sites of the Anthropocene, she interacts with the often invisible temporal realities to create a visual image; water, salt, frost. In this time of environmental and social crisis, Hawker challenges us to reconsider the illusion of control we hold over the natural world.
Hawkers images speak to the precariousness of the human position, and the vulnerability to a tangible anxiety. The presence of the non-human in her images guide us towards the importance of nurturing our relationship to the world that situates us. Through a mix of text, documentary imagery and entangled acts of co-creation, this exhibition quietly reminds us that more-than human forces are constantly shaping our lives.
Sammy Hawker is recipient of a PhotoAccess Dark Matter 2021 award.