My practice explores through process, the tension between order and chaos and places a strong emphasis on the role of imagination. Drawing is integral and encompasses performativity through gesture as sign, symbol and signifier. Both figurative and abstract marks and motifs become embedded in my subconscious thus references are processed and continue to surface in a repetitive and cyclical manner. In 2016 my work was autobiographical, a mapping of my interior and exterior.
In 2017 Bruce Chatwins classic novel “The Songlines” is a constant companion. The idea of mapping through song and viewing a world free of borders: Our ancestors conceptualized, made and used images of place, today many societies appear to have lost this ability, particularly in the western world we rely on complex machinery to produce a map that is largely used to delineate “property”.
The Aboriginal people of Australia and their concept of Dreaming (Environment), the timeless concept of moving from dream to reality which in itself is an act of creation, is something I attempt to capture in my work. The lines of territory that only exist in ones memory and imagination are fascinating and something which I attempt to convey in my paintings. Developing these themes further I am exploring the idea of mapping energy lines utilizing imagery of ancient sites and the imaginary energy flow lines between them, the star constellations and juxtaposing this with modern day energy transportation. I see colour as a subject in itself and create paintings using a mixed media approach. A “red” in acrylic is different to a “red in oil or spray paint. Incorporating a range of materials allows me to attempt to create hidden spaces and is an approach constantly under experimentation. I have always been interested in that which is part hidden or obscured. paintings are made using several layers, building up textures and images and then obliterating, creating glimpses, the image being reworked until the image is found
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