The most recent work has developed from a visit to Japan in 2010.
It has roots in my discovery and subsequent visits to Japanese public bathhouses. I was utterly compelled by the lengthy ritualistic process of washing and scrubbing, paying heed to the body in sequential sections, prior to soaking. I started to draw parallels between this activity and the process of making a painting: the grappling with an image, the process of revision, addition and subtraction, the wrestling with an idea through the physicality of materials. I was also fascinated by the visual marriage of the carnal and the technological; burning hot water, skin and scrubbing, juxtaposed against harsh neon lights, electric baths and TV screens fixed onto the walls of the wooden, temple– like architectural structures. I am fascinated by this visual marriage of high and low art, which results in a seductive montage of cultural contrasts and extremes. I was compelled to make work that combined the handmade with the digital, the historical with the contemporary, the materiality of paint with the impenetrability of the TV/computer screen.
1. Super Cockpit, 2011:Oil paint, human hair, silicone, collaged papers and resin on MDF.
2. Leaking Rainbows, 2011: Oil paint, paper and resin on MDF.
3. Bathhouse vs.Brothel Round 1, 2011: Oil paint, enamel paint, paper, resin on MDF.