Taking imagery from a Spring fashion catalogue, [framing illusive) seeks to create space, generate movement, and redefine the underlying sensation of eternal desire that consumer culture needs to operate. Deconstruction of the form, colour and shape of a highly stylised photo shoot seeks to evoke both a place of stillness, and a kind of dynamic movement. The sensual qualities of clothing have been domesticated, repurposed, cleansed and their symbolism reconsidered.
A certain quest for beauty, for peace, is searched for in the work process, the colours reflecting this calm approach to cutting, refined like a surgeon. Relationships between images are haphazard, sometimes forming accidentally, encouraged by the intuitive nature of collage as a technique. The scene becomes a story, the character present yet unidentifiable to the viewer. An absence in assertive visual tone - there is no subliminal message in this photo to 'buy the product' - enables the ever present cycle of consumer culture to be momentarily placed on hold.
Each collage is made by soaking the paper in water before gluing onto pre-soaked cotton paper - allowing a totally smooth surface and also the characteristic 'scuff marks' that appear during creation.