My work seeks to document the human condition, specifically our ability to survive in the face of adversity, to be resilient in times of difficulty and the role of hope when overcoming injustice.
Of increasing interest to me is how we change our outer self to overcome challenge and meet changing expectations, and whether this constant adaptation ultimately results in damage, compromise and a loss of the self.
At times I use image repetition where I create a dialogue, pose a question and seek the limits of the image. By repeating an action, over and over, the muscles become weak and tired, the hand metaphorically starts to slip and errors creep in. It is within these so called ‘errors’ that I look for the 'human'; that is human imperfection. In this digital age of perfect rendering, is it in fact imperfection that we can relate to, that we are. It can be argued that the constant compulsion to be perfect, and the inevitable impossibility of the task is resulting in a society rife with social alienation and mental illness. Questions are raised around neoliberalism and its cousin meritocracy.
When drawing I look to create a boundary with clear outer lines and simple human characters that when put together collude to create a narrative read by the viewer through the eyes of their own experience.
Whatever the subject or medium each image and stroke is individual yet the sum is far greater than its component parts: when painting it contains what I think of as a scaffolding of colour or when drawing in monochrome my images, I trust, convey an assemblage of meaning beyond the simplicity of the individual.
Whether working with paint, wax, clay, ink or graphite images are mostly semi-abstract figurative works displaying the juxtaposition of inner vulnerability and outer strength. Of fluidity and change, Hope in times of hopelessness. Of line and colour. Of the bold and the gentle.
My need to create a clear framework and define the edge leads to intuitive, almost indigenous mark-making, rendering images that combine both an intense gaze and a fearless love of colour, impact and the human condition.
After all is said and done I simply love the freedom and peace that painting, drawing and sculpting provides; I simply seek to get out whatever is within.