The work featured in this section illustrates my interest in the object, in materials and in site. Concerns and concepts running throughout the work. A material or a place can equally be the catalyst for research and enquiry.
Making work is an ongoing conversation, one in which I strive to get closer to a truth or an understanding of an aspect of the world. Subject matter includes man’s acquisition and harnessing of nature, boundaries, absence and loss. Materials employed are diverse; from found objects, yarn, fabric, gold leaf, minerals, glass, paper to plastic. Techniques include printmaking, gilding, photography, glass blowing, neon work and drawing.
Trained in Fine Art Printmaking I am drawn to the multiple and to repetition, in patterns of thought, action or behaviour and a struggle with the recognition of the ‘impossibility of things ever remaining the same’. There is a recurrence of binding, the holding and bringing of objects together in a futile attempt to protect things from change.
I have a deep interest in place – what it is and how the individual may experience it, physically or psychologically. In recent work, I have explored the potential for the language of textiles to connect people to site, referencing actions such as binding or sewing to implicate the mending of a metaphysical wound.
Einstein’s First Law of the Conservation of energy states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed: it can only be transformed from one state to another.
The energy, time and intention invested in the creation of a work is as integral to that work as the materials used. Human endeavour creating its charge.