a r t i s t s t a t e m e n t
My work explores social and cultural issues surrounding our relationship with the natural environment through the dismantling and rebuilding of materials relating to visual culture. Utilizing landscape as a wide-ranging thematic reference point, my work combines painting, collage and assemblage to create hybrid entities, questioning the notion of memory, identity and place. Through a theatrical approach to the use of paper as both a substrate and a construction material, magazines and found materials undergo a value transformation, alluding to our relationship with beauty, consumption and desire.
Through the process of acquisition and elimination I explore cycles, both in nature and in artistic methodology, encouraging me to develop mechanisms of working that emphasize recycling as an act of regeneration. Collecting, collating and categorizing materials and subject matter allows an emotional distance to be achieved that balances the over-stimulation of image overload. My intention is to arrive at an observational standing point, and I am drawn to the pan-optic paintings of the Old Masters, referencing time and how it can affect our way of thinking. My work is often reworked, each piece becoming not an end, but a starting point for a new idea to form. This dissolution of boundaries is a recurrent theme in my work and evokes an ethereal quality, inter-playing between a sense of reality and the illusive state of emotional charge.