Ecos, Gr. Οίκος, house, home, root of ecology.
Ecos takes its form from a neolithic axe head found in Somerset, the tool used by our ancient ancestors to cut back the forests and create the first settlements. This was the first time we humans had a sense of place that was home, but it was a home separate from nature. Over 5000 years the use of technologies to separate ourselves from nature has turned living landscapes into sterile cityscapes and ultimately led to today’s ecological and climate crises. Ecos wears that story like a cloak, but, overlooking the form of a cracked and mended neolithic cooking vessel, Ecos also looks to a future when, with a true sense of our place as part of nature we can restore and mend our shared planet home.
Ecos is Grant’s first large-scale, outdoor work and it was inspired specifically by the theme of this year’s exhibition. Although it is a departure from the current focus of his work on process, spontaneity and expression of an unspoken connection with the viewer, the conceptual, story-telling nature of Ecos draws on Grant’s past work as an environmental journalist and wildlife radio producer with the BBC. Grant also spent a decade making nature-inspired fine furniture before discovering the expressive joy of ceramic sculpture. His studio is in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire