Using life in the communal gardens of her home, a housing co-operative in London, as the framework, this body of work considers the relationship between society and nature by comparing knowledge of impending ecological crisis with a romantic longing for a new era in which humanity lives in harmony with itself and the natural world. Visual allusions to the garden of Eden may encourage the viewer to consider the anarchic act that expelled Adam and Eve from Paradise, which made it necessary for them to take destiny into their own hands. The objective is to insinuate the naivety of a yearning for the reestablishment of Eden, as long as this remains a metaphor rather than the outcome of self-directed thought and action. This is augmented by the title of the piece adopted from the satire Candide
written by Voltaire in 1759.
As regards content the project is informed by Murray Bookchin’s philosophy of Social Ecology and the anarchist theories of Peter Kropotkin and Michael Bakunin. The main points of reference are a belief in our in-born capacity for mutual aid, tenderness and co-operation; humanity’s potential for social evolution and primarily the notion that we must overcome domination of human by human before we can overcome the domination of nature and finally the insight that emancipation of the individual is possible only through the collective effort of the whole of society.