Cardwell+McLachlan is the new collaborative project between sculptor, Stuart McLachlan and photographer, Simon Cardwell. Through the creation of mythical scenes, the pair pose questions regarding the ‘progress’ of humanity and our impact on the natural world.
Through cutting, building and forming paper Stuart McLachlan searches for ways to reflect alternatives narratives to issues that we are compounded by. All aspects of the work are created by hand from the drawing of concepts to the cutting, gluing and eventual building, everything is considered. Painstaking care is taken to create these stories also as to draw the viewer in. His goal is to slow them down and take time to reevaluate opinions they may have had on the issue displayed at hand.
Simon Cardwell’s work explores identity, in the context of environmental concerns, human freedoms and isolation, locating dynamic images of botanicals in landscapes. The natural environment has a sense of awe and wonder that is at once beautiful, vast yet empty. Simon’s focus on the single flower evokes a powerful sense of difference we can feel as humans standing alone in an open landscape.