Emergence, [plaster and graphite], 2015,
Wendy Leah Dawson, site-specific installation at Bodelwyddan Castle.
This work references the principles of swarm behaviour and emergence theory that have interested me in my recent work, exploring the ideas surrounding collective intelligence, emergence and the idea that somehow collections of programs and lifeforms can compute complex problems that are beyond the decision-making capabilities of the individual. In particular I have focused on colonies of bees, they interest me on many levels, as a species under threat, and also as an insect that holds some mystery that people seem attracted to. I have returned to making after recent projects have been centred around digital processes, working with carving, casting and repetition to produce installations that illicit an instinctive response in the viewer.