i am interested in how we as human beings are affected by our environment (physical and social) and the synergies and conflicts within that influence. This enquiry forms the main body of my research. My practice is motivated by questions such as: Why are we captivated by some visions of the natural environment so profoundly? To what extent is this captivation the result of a purely visual experience? What differences do our cultural and experiential ‘lenses’ bring to that and therefore to what extent do our responses vary?
Critically, How can the ‘essence’ of these sensorial experiences be identified, distilled and recreated? I wish to
“discover the purest forms which will exactly invoke my own sensation”. Hepworth
The ultimate aim of my work is to recreate these effects by making work that has a captivating sensory appeal, one that allows individual interpretation but stimulates affiliation by evoking visual memories and related emotions that the viewer may not previously have considered significant. In common with the Japanese aesthetic philosophy of Yugen, I value the power to evoke, rather than the practice of stating directly. The principle of Yugen is that real beauty exists when, through its suggestiveness, only a few words, or marks can suggest what has not been said or shown, and hence awaken many inner thoughts and feelings.
To that end I currently make wall based work which verges on abstraction and sculpture with a strong emphasis on drawing, surface texture and the original use of media. Photography and exploratory drawing are also key components of my work. The strength of my internal response to the subject matter means that I am usually compelled to use scale is a vital component of my visual language.