I am fascinated by subjectivity, temporality and the limitations of human perception. My work explores and celebrates these themes and their emotional correlates through the rhythmic and indexical application of colour and line.
The practice exists in the creation of icons, monuments, memos and totems, utterances and observations, experiential markers, witnesses to the moments of my life, slices of personal history as momentary refractions of the human condition. I hope to convey a deep appreciation for the immensity of existence and the potentiality of consciousness.
Typically, each piece emerges over the course of weeks, months, sometimes years, so it becomes a practice in itself, a ritual, a reflection, and a meditation on what it means to be. Each completed piece is an immersion in the present, a rich evocation of the experience of being, and a material celebration of the beauty of presence, awareness, engagement, life.
Bebop — ink on paper (2012)
I fell in love with jazz at the age of 18, when I was young, idealistic and almost constantly euphoric. I am now a lot older, hopefully wiser, and certainly more grounded, yet through all life’s perplexities and complications, I have found that jazz, particularly the classic bebop from the 1950’s and 1960’s, has never failed to soothe me. As with all my pieces, the colour palette is derived from personal photographs, in this case, family portraits, interspersed with photos from jazz concerts.
Dance — ink on canvas (2011)
This piece was created as a response to my delight at beginning to learn to lindy hop in the Autumn of 2011, something I have wanted to learn for a number of years. The palette for this painting was derived from images of myself rehearsing dance positions…