For a number of years, I have been working closely with stone and the human relationship to it; particularly its excavation and shaping into blocks, slabs and slivers found in the built environment. This work, entitled Shaped by Stone, took me from the foot hills of the Peak District to the Mountains of North Wales. In its two parts: Strata to Streets and Of Flesh and Stone the human element was most explicitly represented in the work by the living, in Wales in particular. But one could not get away from the dead. This has stayed with me since completion of the project in 2018, and deepened with the completion of the mortuary slab rubbing – Death of a Story (Slab) – in the summer of 2020 (with all the difficulties that Covid has presented for us all as a dark and apt context). I have, since the start of this work, come to see stone as a lens to think about the human in relation to the earth. It started for me thinking about industry and human endeavour, a human context, and has grown into a deepening interest in geology and the history of the earth and further still into thinking about the makings of the universe.