I am fascinated with how people are in part shaped by technology. Much in a 'the medium is the message' way, our behaviours and social interactions are guided not only by innate impulses, or cultural habits, but also by the technological environment we exist within. Many of the obstacles we encounter are man made, be it the road markings and traffic lights in the city, or the structures of the various social media platforms. We have little choice but to adjust our behaviours, and indeed our desires, to the pathways laid out not by nature but by teams of designers and engineers. Where then is our actual self? Does it even exist?
The series Woodland before Fields is a vision of the primordial forest which, following the last Ice Age, covered the entirety of the European continent as well as the British Isles. This edgeless, uninterrupted forest ended only at the shores.