Daksha Patel

Sticky Wicked

Back from Cornwall after a very fruitful and very enjoyable visit to Penryn campus, University of Exeter on the final stage of my Creative fellowship with Clare Saunders exploring Environmental Justice. But hopefully not my last visit there, as we are applying for funding to continue working together. We have just had an abstract accepted and will be co-authoring a paper in the near future.

Some images from the wall drawing ‘Sticky Wicked’ below. The map drawing is both local and global; its circular format suggests the earth but it is also based on the local area because global problems often arise as a result of not listening to local voices. I worked with pencil because carbon is central to the environmental crisis.

The image merges different types of data-maps representing the distribution of diverse species and habitats with human habitation. In doing so, it asks whose needs are met in this environment? The concepts of ‘sticky’ and ‘wicked’ refer to complex problems that are difficult to define, resistant to change and have no fixed solutions.