“Walking” runs throughout the room as I attempt to examine the notion of land, home and our gestures in the presence of nature, David Le Breton says ‘Walking reduces the vastness of the world to the proportions of the body.’  We are truly alive when we are brought into the presence of the moment, intimately connected to new landscapes and cultures.

Sense and satisfaction through the senses, while it can lead you towards spirituality, can also lead you away from it altogether: constant currents, fixed eddies, make it difficult to enter or leave these zones. The individual emerges from a state of solitude and intimacy is reconstructed in the territory of nature’s space. It is an unbounded, shared social space, a ‘house’ that is both open and closed, without walls. But such a human presence is only possible if nature can wait, as long as it remains a tundra. In this process, I have tried to break down the preconceptions of the senses and the mind, to free the viewer from the busyness and distraction of everyday life. The work presents an open, shared social space that offers the viewer the opportunity to reflect, calm and reconnect.

The work uses raw materials, soil, stone, plants, ceramics, which carry traces of history and life. I combine these materials with personal memories of life, through photography, video and installation, to create works that are symbolic and meaningful. I hope to better understand and respect the wisdom and soul of the earth by exploring the natural world and our relationship with it.

Huanruo Zhang (She/Her) is a Chinese artist and potter, working across ceramics, instillation and moving image. Her work is inspired by nature and her own memories of life. She traces the fragments of memory related to nature, the body, and human nature. These memories involve intimate contact with the natural world, collective memories of human communities.

Group Works