I think of myself as a dreamer as much as an artist. I like to daydream and see things other’s don’t always notice.
Most of my work takes the form of projects, of questions with visual answers and arguments. A type of visual essay critiquing perceived notions.
At present my artistic practice is focused around ideas of Environmentalism, identity and the interplay between spirituality, memory and mythologies (not Classical mythology but widely held assumptions and links to Structuralism). I draw inspiration from a number of different sources and like to explore this through my work. Theoretically I am drawn to the ideas of Roland Barthes, Ferdinand de Saussure, Jean Baudrillard, Guy Debord, Theodore Adorno, Abraham Maslow and John Berger among others. Artistically I have long been influenced by those who bridge the gap between photography and art, high and low culture and who combine artistic methods. In particular the works of Barbara Kruger, Gilbert and George, Jenny Holzer, Vik Muniz and Gerhard Richter. My interest in organic forms and convergence greatly influences my practice, so that my work can involve elements of photography, textiles, traditional handicrafts, painting (watercolour and acrylic), ink, digital art, collage, found objects, acetates and other mixed media. However I tend to favour photographic expression which I then choose to corrupt. The process I go through as an artist is important to my finished work. Primarily I start with an image, be it a photograph or a mental image, and then I explore where I can go with it. Fluidity is key to my work and I rely on a host of saved objects, images, texture boards, inspiration boards, art journals and sketches to influence my ideas. I like to borrow from my past work and re-contextualise it (this is particularly true of my digital illustrations) creating new pieces in the process. I believe that art in contemporary society has moved on quicker than art theory. Artists are no longer tied to a particular genre or ideology. We can exist in multiple spaces and utilise different backgrounds to create wonderful new work that continues to hold a mirror up to society, questioning it in the process.