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I include painting, drawing, photography, artist's books, sculptural forms and writing in my practice. My method of painting involves exploring the mobility of the painted surface, playing with tensions and relationships between freedom and control. I begin from references to geographical patterns, natural and human forms, responses to colour, or simply emotional states and responses. My paintings often integrate materials such as wool, found objects and collage. I am also interested in sculptural forms which explore states of fragility and strength. I use photography to record the 3 dimensional objects I create, and reintegrate the photographs into further visual work.

I am also fascinated by the sense of olfaction, perhaps since damage to my retina has caused vision loss. I have lost the ability to see detail, and also have difficulty with colour and depth of field. With olfaction I can enter a state of complete mental attention, without being distracted by loss or difficulty. I have been experimenting with composing perfumes, based on responses to the natural world, landscape and memory. Natural materials are a rich source of satisfaction, and are fascinating to get to know and experiment with. I also work with aroma chemicals which act as form to the poetry of the material derived from nature.

Liminal States

In the last two and a half years I have been developing work which explores the phenomenology of traumatic experience such as mind/body dissociation, depersonalisation and derealisation, and the experience of liminality: this has evolved into themes of rhythm and disruption, loss and bliss, rupture and rapture. I am drawn to that which is uncanny, imminent and unsettling, which expresses the state of suspension and the suggestions of reality behind the veil of common perception.

 

 

 

 

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