The psychological space of creativity and visual imagination holds an intriguing puzzle that is nascent, unresolvable and endlessly rewarding. On the one hand the world presents itself to you to be scrutinized, and on the other, reality is a contested space. This space where observation and imagination meet is the fundamental area within which Raphael Barratt’s concerns take form. Through the mediums of Oil pastel, sculpture, walking and recoding through photography, Raphael Barratt explores and unravels the qualities and tensions of landscapes interrupted or altered by human traces. Her work raises questions about our contemporary relationship to nature, and insists on a dual dialog between the described and the suggested, sculpture and drawing, abstract and observed.