Shauna found that directly representing an image in clay did not carry with it any of the properties that intrigued her in the original object – the fragility and sense of transience evoked by a preserved caterpillar. She employed another approach, using recycled toys from charity shops as a host context, that in itself incorporated some of the less tangible properties such as renewal, evolution and growth. After exploring these themes more directly and gaining greater understanding, she rejected the host context, finding it too particular for her increasingly focussed aesthetic language, and the work continued in a more abstract manner.

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