I am an artist, writer and freelance website developer based in Exeter. My interests are primarily in how human beings affect and are affected by the natural world of which we are part, and the related theology and psychology of connectedness. My creative practice springs from my desire to communicate environmental and social issues, my need for hope and energy in keeping on keeping on, and my habit of making connections and finding patterns.
My environmental art typically takes data visualisation into whole new areas.
I used flood risk data from the Environment Agency in “Green|Blue” to question our knowledge and power in the face of uncertainty and the force of nature.
I have created card games about greenhouse gases; and a series of “Little colouring books of climate mindfulness” using UK Climate Projections data. “Freefall Climate Graffiti” turned UK Climate Projections into a street art project in partnership with an Exeter youth group and Cleo Heard, a fellow Kaleider resident.
And in “Particulart: The art of chemistry, knitting and gentle protest”, I created 3D knitted representations of molecules – eg. greenhouse gases, vehicle exhausts – to engage people with environmental and social issues. It has been installed in galleries, or pop up at venues from Cathedrals to green fairs.
My background is in science, economics, energy and the environment, including employment at Cambridge Econometrics and the Met Office. I am a Stakeholder Resident at Kaleider, and a member of the art.earth+CCANW network. I am also an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, and the TEDxExeter Storyteller. All is grist to my mill.
My website is at cbryden.me.uk/artist/, where you can find some pics of what I’ve been up to… and even buy some of it, should you be so moved!