Meet Your Maker Monday: Journey Through
Here's a maker who leverages natural materials whenever possible in his art and installations. (Re)connecting with materials found in the local environment gives this artist a more personal experience, a sense of community and an opportunity to create from what surrounds him. Houston Makerspace visits with Journey Through to see how those materials express themselves in his work.
What is your name, company, URL, and social media links?
Journey Through is my alias – my real name is Heath Brodie. I created it to remove individual acclaim because I want to bring the bigger message to the front which is to promote awareness of the natural environment by using the natural world as both palette and paint. Guided by positive growth and change, Journey Through’s goal is about helping others see opportunity in the ordinary. Journey Through is inspired by the process of how nature transforms and innovates itself as much as how we humans interact with the earth. Journey Through aims to enhance sensitivity of the local environment by using the natural resources that are close at hand and making the process of creating art as meaningful as nature itself.
What do you make?
I use what nature and the surroundings offer up for me to work with! The work is site specific, so each piece evolves in its own way, showing me which art form will best portray the idea. A range of techniques and mediums are used from sculpture/clay, film, photography, ink, stencil, bird feathers, limestone, pollen, etc. in order to create and document the work.
What does a typical day look like for you?
It usually starts with a cup of tea and a walk to open up the mind. I work on multiple pieces at the same time so every day is different – that's why I love what I do!
Why did you decide to start your own business and why Houston?
I landed on this continent for the love of my life, but I have been blown away by the massive support from the Houston arts community! Living in other major cities around the world, I have never experienced such an open and supportive community.
Journey Through evolved through experiences. I've always been close to nature and the environment, but never knew it would turn into this once I left my homeland. In 2004 I left to travel around and found that transporting art supplies was an impossible task. I began to use the materials I would find in each country and quickly realized there was so much abundance of natural materials that I could use. I could then place it back on the earth if unused with no harm done.
What are your inspirations and how do they guide your work?
- Nature which not only inspires, but gives me the tools I need to create.
- My homeland, New Zealand, which gave me this great connection to nature. While the beautiful isolation helps build creative ideas, you also want to explore. I left my land to see other cultures, go on my own journey and find out how it's all connected.
What's next for Journey Through?
Journey Through is working on a large project with Blackwood Educational Land Institute for next year – watch out for that!
What do you want people to know about your work?
Journey Through is about the world that surrounds us and learning to use the resources we have been given within our compass. We have become very removed from our surroundings and by taking the person out of the equation, I hope that people will concentrate on the message rather than me, the person behind the message. Journey Through hopes to open the minds and cultivate opportunities for everyone to create something from the world around you!