It was always going to be about relationships and context. I realise that now.

Khandiz – the artist, brought her creative process and perspective, and the question. I, the canvas, brought my body and my vulnerability.

Which of the 9 planetary boundaries do you want to choose?”

Water” I replied, without really understanding why at that point.

I was born in North Wales and I have childhood memories of waterfalls, fast flowing deluges that carved the hard, resilient rock into sumptuous smooth curves and sweeping gullies. The end product of a dynamic process, a relationship between two unlikely collaborators.
And the process started. Ideas emerged and were explored. The canvas, not so passive now, was becoming an active participant in the creative process.

I sat naked and Khandiz painted the flow of water on my back, then the second creative process began. Moving my back, shoulders, arms and head she created gullies and surfaces for the river to flow through and over. Experimenting, playing with light and shadows to enhance an effect.

I had originally thought the result would be about water and its role in life on our planet, but it was more than that. It’s about process and relationships.

Water. Water and rock. River and river-bank. Waterfalls and gullies. People and water. People and planet. Life and water. Shadows and light. Artist and canvas. Art and nature. Gaia. Sustainable Development Goal 17 – partnership.

Gwyn Jones


Khandiz Joni
Rachel Manns Photography

I AM IMPACT is a collaborative creative project bringing together artists, storytellers and change-makers with a single-minded purpose of engaging global citizens in a way that moves them into transformational action.

I AM IMPACT explores the relationship between the human body and the Planet, as well as the vulnerability both experience when they are stripped of their protective components.

I AM IMPACT asks the viewer to take ownership of their daily decisions that impact environmental pressures, planetary boundaries and their social consequences, allowing them the choice of either making a positive impact or remaining part of the status quo.

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