PERMUTATIONS ON A DISLOCATION: KEY THEMES/ABSTRACT
Within my praxis I draw on autoethnography and Ingold’s notion of ‘wayfaring’ to examine themes of rootlessness and dislocation. Glass with its fluid attributes is a medium that naturally lends itself to an exploration of these complex ideas. I reflect on my own disparate and scattered generational roots, and how these have inevitably shaped how I experience my place in the world.
When responding to questions of where we belong, I question whether this simply invites an essentialist response such as ‘here’ or ‘there’, within such and such a border/boundary? And if it does, is this too narrow a view to take – and one which risks separating us from our shared space, our common home. This concept of a shared home should surely lead us to engage more readily with the natural world, and therefore ecological concerns. Working outdoors, and simply being in nature, connects all of us both to what is rejuvenating and at the same time to what we risk losing due to the impending environmental crisis.