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 in 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.
My drawings focus on the solitary figure, often suspended in isolation. They come with a narrative and are often devoid of emotion, weighed down by life and awaiting transition of some kind.
Increasingly I gravitate towards drawing with a focus on Line. I surrender to the line, to trace, to the habitual and to repetition pausing to find the Truth within the black and white. Transition and transformation comes with the addition of colour through paint, pastel and collage altering characters and their narrative as I go – moving from one state to another.
My characters are created from found objects, people and images in the world of Art, Fashion and Design at times sourced from within contemporary publications. Having spent my childhood surrounded by Fashion and Design I find a natural affinity with these sources. I take objects and people and re-work, de-face, re-work and transform them imbuing a sense of solitude, often sadness and introspection. I seek to create a lexicon of characters which when put together within a frieze, a wallpaper, a book or a scroll collide to create a narrative interpreted by the viewer through the eyes of their own experience.
‘The mind intends and the body extends’ - through submission to the line I intend to create 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 I seek. 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.
Repetition allows me to reflect upon our propensity as human beings to repeat patterns of behaviour, often with more speed and less effect, hoping for a different outcome despite evidence to suggest otherwise. Such practice goes some way to becoming habitual, cathartic and meditative.
Whatever the subject or medium each image and stroke is individual yet the sum is far greater than its component parts: when painting I work with a scaffolding of colour and when drawing in monochrome my images convey an assemblage of meaning beyond the simplicity of the individual.
A framework of colour and a defined edge when painting highlights my intuitive, almost indigenous mar-making rendering images that combine both an intense gaze and a fearless love of scale.
Images are mostly semi-abstract figurative works displaying the juxtaposition of inner vulnerability and outer strength. Hope and futility. Transition and transformation. Isolation and suspension. Fluidity and change. The bold and the gentle.
After all is said and done I simply love the freedom and personal peace that painting, drawing and sculpting provides.