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Darren Edwards


I am interested in the desire to 'escape' to the outdoors, and the value we place on this desire.

I build works that arise from a collective longing for, and exploitation of, wilderness; historical and personal experience form the groundwork for sculptures that use the literal and symbolic materials of outdoor living.

The processes and materials of tent making and woodcraft evoke camp life, and contemporary ideas about ecology and the re-emerging interest in bushcraft. Neon and gold-based photography connect with the 19th century alchemy of westward expansion and wealth generation; all in their way have shaped our perception of the outdoors.

Whenever possible the sculptural works are located at least once in the actual landscape. The outcomes of these temporary installations further develop the work's narrative content and final form, and become the subject of parallel work in drawing, photography and moving image.

Darren Edwards

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