My paintings contain enigmatic narratives and have symbolic autobiographical concepts which sensitise the viewer to what is beyond my own limits of expression through words. Although I wholly invent the figures that I paint, they often depict or symbolise a woman with whom I am able to identify.
I am intrigued by the body and how it functions - It’s own processes but also exterior intervention within it’s course of nature, and how the mind and body work together but can also interfere with each other. I interrogate the workings of the human body and respond by creating subtle compositions that highlight it’s delicacy and it’s capacity when faced with obstacles and trauma. This enables me to embark upon a cathartic journey whereby I seek to create a depiction which is beautiful.
I regularly use fragmented and partially erased forms, both figurative and written, which evoke traces of subjects that were once there although seemingly absent. These traces can be interpreted as passing moments in time and the existence of memory itself. Fissures are determined in my work through aspects of fragmentation and erasure but also frequently through the use of bare canvas and negative space. This, alongside the use of thread, stitch, and carving into wood to create relief woodcut prints, reflects upon the fragility and unreliability of the human body whilst treating the canvas/wood panel itself as the body.
Aesthetics are important in my work as I believe that it makes sensitive and hard realities more accessible to viewers but also allows me to externalise topics with less self-restraint than if I were to speak about them. I am inspired by poetry as often an agonizing subject is portrayed through the delicate and graceful formation of words which soothe. This is what I am trying to achieve through painting.