In this, her most recent body of work, Mason dyes large rolls of canvas with plants from the local area. Then, over a period of many months, she treats the fabric of the canvas as an intermediary for ritualised action in nature. She washes it in the sea, buries it in sand and soil, ties it to trees and rubs herbs, ash and coal into it. She uses materials from her immediate surroundings to dictate the canvas’s patina, without attachment to the outcome.
Finally, she cuts the cloth up, stretches up small pieces of it and begins a dialogue between the organic marks and her own brushstrokes. The complex and potent narrative between natural processes and human touch is further allowed to play out in the artist’s attempt to use the bodily act of painting to engage with the organic, fragile residues left behind on the canvas.
In this work Mason explores the idea that significance can be accumulated through time, wear and affection. Just as a well loved object deteriorates with lifelong love, these paintings hope to exhibit the residue of care built up over months of actions between the artist and the environment.