Jonny Briggs CCANW Soil Culture Project residency artist at White Moose in Barnstable - www.jonnybriggs.com

In search of lost parts of my childhood I try to think outside the reality I was socialised into and create new ones with my parents and self. Through these I explore the constructed reality of the family and question the boundaries between us, between child/adult, self/other, nature/culture, real/fake in attempt to revive my unconditioned self, beyond the family bubble. Although easily assumed to be photoshopped or faked, upon closer inspection the images are often realised to be more real than first expected. Involving staged installations, the cartoonesque and the performative, I look back to my younger self and attempt to re-capture childhood nature through my assuming adult eyes.


Jonny Briggs - dirty hands

I have recently undertaken an artist residency in the Litchdon Street Alms Houses allotment, as part of the South West, Soil Culture project organised by Centre for Contemporary Art in the Natural World (CCANW). Working alongside the allotment holders, I created a scene for a photograph of a feast within an opulent setting, cast entirely from local excrement. Through this I explore how 'soil', both a noun and a verb, feeds in to the notion of desire and disgust being intimately entwined; we may desire what disgusts us, and we may also be disgusted at our own desires.