Through my work I both withdraw from, and engage with, the world around me. The rhythm of this paradox is central to my creative process, which primarily stems from grappling with and interrogating my potential and limitations as a human being. My practice facilitates the daily ritual of coming to terms with brokenness, and the outworking of extreme frustration. But it is also an expression of defiance, of passionate desire, and urgent vision.
In much of my working process, I create chaos before I introduce order, always daring myself to live with and listen to the dis-ease it evokes. Only then do I reign it in just enough that I can bear to be confronted with what I have made. This process enables me to negotiate, filter, accept and find beauty in an intense, chaotic world where I would otherwise be overwhelmed. Thus, each work acts as a site of tenuous balance, reflecting the tension between comfort and challenge. This intuitive process of creating generates a kind of 'map' that informs how I navigate life, which in turn informs my practice.
I am fascinated by systems, structure, ritual, pattern, bodies, and the nature of belief. Via abstraction, I explore and interrogate conventional perceptions of progress and failure, the eternal and ephemeral, monumental and momentary. I am intrigued by the perceptual veil that separates material from immaterial. I often employ architectural, organic, and figurative imagery. I select images either for their personal or universally symbolic nature, and then fragment and reintegrate forms to build an abstracted narrative.
Many of my compositions have a design or pattern-like quality, even though each part of the whole is uniquely produced by hand. By utilising pattern as a visual technique and intentionally maintaining the raw and awkward aesthetic that is not machine-printed, I explore, interrogate, or subvert invisible patterns evident in societal conventions, ideology, psychology, biology, pathology, linguistics, and spirituality. A semi-cryptographic ‘alphabet’ has begun to develop out of this process as I ritualistically return to the fragmentation and reintegration of particular imagery, in constant search of new connections – a kind of simultaneous encoding and deciphering.
I employ a diverse range of media and an extensive colour palette, working in painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, printmaking, and installation.