I work in mixed media, bio textiles, sculpture and installation, creating my own processes and surfaces that often incorporate embroidery, animal matter, plant matter and found objects. Drawing upon a deep interest in science, I investigate our relationship to the natural world and the power of the small. During an infestation or infection our personal boundaries dissolve, revealing the body as an ecosystem, not a single, self-governed unit. I am fascinated by the complex interconnections between species, such as symbiosis and parasitism. I am looking for evidence of congruence, like how fungal cells and neurons communicate in a similar manner. My work involves deep observation, research, collecting objects and exploring landscapes. I believe an experience with organic matter is like the sting of an insect – it is a genuinely raw and present moment with the body and the natural world.

Heather Komus