Mils Bridgewater's work explores the themes of
of ecology, pollution, waste, tenderness, value, animal husbandry and duplicity. Inspired by a youth spent in a remote rural English environment populated by domesticated animals, Bridgewater is currently investigating the disparity between transportation of livestock for fattening and slaughter and the transportation of inanimate objects for consumer pleasure. One is encased in bubble wrap, packing peanuts, an oversized cardboard box - the other in overcrowded metal cages, extreme temperatures, with no food or water.
Through her work, Bridgewater offers insight into feelings that are universally relatable but often remain buried. Constructed from wood, bronze, bones, fur and glass to symbolise memory and loss, she transforms materials into tactile sculptures and multi-layered immersive installations. These materials are chosen specifically for their unique inherent qualities and their properties inform the work.