Much of my life has been focused on fomenting change in the political and environmental realm. This has usually been rather abstract work, taking action and encouraging others to join me in the hope that we were progressing towards a less imperfect world. Whilst I still believe that cynicism serves the status quo, and that my idealism has not waned, I find that now I put less energy into changing the world and more into creating a world in which I want to live.
I find that I can access this parallel universe most rapidly through art, and i hope that my excitement about my discoveries of colour and paint will be contagious. I am not trying to create beauty but to follow my curiosity, yet the results can be breathtakingly beautiful, at least for me! Often I find the paint leads me on a path, rather than me leading the paint – perhaps not a good thing for an artist to admit. sometimes the path is disappointing, but always intriguing; I can be exasperated, but mostly I am thrilled by my explorations and I hope others can share my intoxication and catch the energy to inspire them in their own lives. Certainly other artists and performers have sustained and inspired me, feeding me emotionally and providing a counterpoint to much of the darkness I have been witness to in my political work.
Ultimately this is a playful process, and I think creative play in our parallel universe may spill over into this world and link full circle to my youthful utopian visions.