My work has evolved since I started on painting; by pushing the connections and influences of the found object to the point where it becomes eroded in my translation of what I see. The object itself becomes a fragment or a trace or a memory, and the connections and energy that are left are what is seen within the painting.
It is now crossing between landscape and figurative and for me the two are interconnected, we are part of the land and the land around us becomes part of us, we shape it and it shapes us. The movement and form of the materials I use and how they are applied are just as important as the finished work itself, as it is the actions of the body and mind that dictate the work and how it should look. Paint being the main medium to create my work, I approach it from very different angles, the best results coming form working directly above the work on the floor.
Nina Murdoch, Katy Moran and Celia Hempton, are three female artists and painters that really interest me, in the way they work and what they produce, although each one is very different with the end result of a painting. None of them pre determine what the painting will look like before they start it, they rely on how they are feeling at the time. And the materials they have to hand. This is seen most in Katy Moran’s work, and this is how I like to work, with materials. I allow the emotions of the day and the ideas behind starting the piece to determine what comes about. Working and re working the piece until through these actions something within the new object I am creating shows me the image I’m after.
I want the work to be ambiguous as it does seem to be having more of a personal feel to the piece and a layering of narratives and fragments, each layer covering up or revealing another story or idea or translation, I want to push this layering further expanding on the experience and emotions. I want the viewer to be questioning the work and to dig out of it what they see, it’s about how they decide to translate and read the piece that I want to push.
To help me explore and push this work further I have been looking at Michel Foucault and his ideas of Heterotopia’s
Foucault was a French social theorist, historian and philosopher although he did not agree with any of these labels and preferred to be known as an “archaeologist”. Heavily influenced by the German philosophers Frederick Nietzsche and Martin Heidegger, he maintained that human behaviour is motivated by will power and that traditional values had lost their power over society. Many of his theories looked at relationships between power and knowledge, space and otherness.