In my work inadequacy and perfection, beauty and turmoil all seem to fuse, while there isn’t any explicit subject matter much of my inspiration comes from the disparate worlds of religious iconography, architecture and fashion. While different aspects of these references can entice and alienate the link for me lies in sumptuous visual display and experience of pleasure. I like the work to speak of a state that is in constant flux providing an experience that can enrich the mundane.
While I don’t plan a painting I am constantly on the lookout for sources and flashes of inspiration. Like a magpie I pick things up if I feel they are interesting; letting objects materials and images sit around the studio for a while has a great appeal for me. Ideas, images and objects get filtered, deconstructed and transformed and find their own way to settle into the process which is defined by its own aesthetic.
Colour is an important element, applied in layers on gesso grounds incorporating various techniques from encaustic to transparent glazing it references the exotic, fashion, folk-art and the sacred; it is seductive, emotive, sometime kitsch but always celebratory.
I have a preoccupation with ordered geometry with an emphasis on repetition and the seductive beauty of the surface. I am especially interested in the tension between form and surface and enjoy the harmony and discord that can exist between simple, bold forms and intricate design. This investigation of the beauty and simplicity of intricate patterns and their relationship to forms that sometimes blur the edges between surface and structure, materiality and immateriality is an ongoing concern.
By exploring the interplay between chance and control – the visual components of pattern, repetition, order and structure interact with the materials and process of making establishing a dialogue situated somewhere between the expected and unexpected, reason and opportunity.
The forms I reference tend to remain ambiguous but appear familiar and hover somewhere between reality and fiction. The use of decorative elements and intricate patterns simultaneously references an awareness of the self and of our surroundings and evokes the keepsake that is imbued with domesticity and the intimate.