30 X 30 / Embroidery on cotton calico
Handmade political cushions
Artist's statement 16614
My main area of interest is mixed media textile art & design, where I use a range of materials and processes, that enables me to produce unique contemporary artworks mainly using paper, steel, acetate, fabric and digital projections. My work is a response to political issues, specifically referring to the North of Ireland conflict. It focuses on the historic, religious, political and contemporary outlook of the struggle, which is viewed from my own personal perspective. My work looks at the North’s troubled landscape using original photographs from both the past and present conflict. Original photographs inspire and influence the imagery I produce (drawing/stitching/mono-print/painting stencils) and text is influenced from data/dates/information on the troubles. My work is large scale using a variety of materials, processes and techniques such as; moving imagery and projections, embroidery, screen-printing, laser cutting, drawing, painting and mono-printing to produce 2D/3D mixed media artworks that would be interactive and engaging with an audience. These methods are also used to convey ideas relating to transience, fragility and damage; as a method of recording the emotions and reactions to the conflict. Imagery and text are key elements used within my work to represent different aspects of the conflict, referencing key historic/contemporary events, slogans, words and images relating to the part of the story I am telling. I am driven to confront what continues to be the on-going reality of life in the North of Ireland. My objective is to raise awareness of conflict issues to a wider audience and attract public attention to a public issue that is still thoroughly misunderstood.