For UK-born artist Oliver Ashworth-Martin, the native seed pods of Australia have become a central theme in his work. They symbolise, for the artist, nature’s continuous cycle from the formless into form and back again.
Nothing Lost seeks to transcend the everyday/mundane natural objects that we find scattering the land, and to re-awaken a fascination with our landscape. When we become aware and mindful of the environment we see that “what has always seemed so natural reveals how wonderously supernatural it is” (Frederick Franck, The Zen of Seeing).
Through a process of removal, and clear human intervention upon the pods, Ashworth- Martin is attempting to show the unfathomable complexity and depth of the natural world, while simultaneously pointing to man’s impact upon it. Nothing Lost is an acknowledgement of the formless intelligence within the form, the ghost in the machine.
No matter what is removed there will always be another layer of truth revealed to us. Our world is an endless flow of life coming into form, moving through form and leaving form. Only through a deeper connection with our surroundings can we find our way back to our true being; part of an ever-changing landscape of the form and formless.