How Nature Builds 2018/2019: Continuing Bodies
How Nature Builds is a group project led by artist and researcher Sarah Blissett to explore the connections and flows between nature and the human body.
Across workshops both at Modern Art Oxford and Wytham Woods, this ongoing project offers informal participative experiences around the themes of nature, material processes and art.
Over six months, the group of How Nature Builds participants investigated natural living systems and experimented with sustainable new biodegradable materials as a tool kit for making art. Exploring fibres as fundamental building blocks that connect human environmental relations, participants developed their shared ideas together.
The Continuing Bodies sculpture was created using mycelium, pioneered by bio-fabrication platform Ecovative as a sustainable building material that is grown rather than manufactured, and was made collectively by Modern Art Oxford’s How Nature Builds participants in collaboration with Wytham Woods.
Having been created and installed in Wytham Woods, Continuing Bodies began its process of decay, which participants hoped would provide new perspectives on the relationships between humans and nature.
What’s happened to the sculpture three years on? Project participant Lillian Tranborg has been documenting the process of decay since 2018 and shares her film footage and photography on our blog BreathDecay and The Visitors by Lillian Tranborg.