is a process of questioning through which I dissect elements of the sociological and cultural systems around me. I have always been motivated to explore questions of identity – what does identity really mean? How do we construct it? How do we navigate the social and cultural norms to which we are bound? I direct these questions both inwardly, to me personally, and outwardly – towards a universal being. I am fascinated by how, as people, we find our place – how we develop our sense of belonging in a busy, complicated world of rules, contradictions and expectations.
People often seem fascinated by my working practice and it has developed into that something that is quite individual to me as an artist. My work is predominantly made up of paintings, drawings and photographs that I manipulate digitally. Computer aided design is absolutely central to the way I make and develop pieces – I need to alter and modify images in a way that would not be possible by hand. I find pattern and texture fascinating and often spend hours poring over the look and feel of multiple layers of data and then, suddenly, the arrangement will strike me as right and I’ll move on – printing it onto archival paper, reworking elements using bold inks and paint, varnished, Swarovski crystals, beads, pins and threads. More recently I extended my practice to take in new surfaces, like mylar, and new techniques including laser- cutting.
It has been said that my work begins more like a newspaper article might, and I do identify with that thinking. I like to physically investigate things, walking streets, taking photographs, making notes. I do have a sketch book but my work usually begins with written thoughts and ideas that I then go on to develop visually. Sometimes a single sentence can inform an entire body of work, at others a series is made up of a number of different ideas or elements of the human condition that are woven together to create a group of works that sit together.