It has always been a central philosophy of my work to search beyond representation, and so my approach is intuitive rather than analytical – there is deliberate tension between areas of abstraction and finer detail.
Most works are a distillation of collected experiences into a visual unity and an evocation of time and feeling.
My current practise is deeply rooted in the figurative, creating paintings based on remembrance, loss and the nature of human existence.
Here I explore themes of the uncanny and gothic – my figures are charged with a dark, tense energy – images that are a world full of decadent, romantic Victorian atmosphere, with ancient mausoleums from fantasy graveyards, where undead wraiths and decaying angel statues blur the borders between nature and supernature.
In the world I create through my paintings, ghostly girls may rise up at twilight for dark, unearthly pleasures, bringing decadent passions from their own dark zone. Some of my figures with tangled, abstracted innards on display suggest the body as a mysterious other, surreal and unknowable with a life of its own, and ultimately mortal.
This serves as a reminder of our own brief timescale, where we inevitably return through the ether, through nature… the way of all flesh.
My still lifes are full of tokens of remembrance from another era, letters and keepsakes which remain as the last tangible objects from a loved one, the only sign of their having lived, apart from memories which fade through time and generations.