My process of visual art exploration starts with a feeling or an inspiration, I then search for a place…geographically, historically and emotionally…that will mirror those feelings. Architecture, epochal temporal context and cultural manifestations unique to that era and time serve as doppelgangers for psychological explorations as I plumb my subconscious. From these explorations a monograph emerges that can include painting, collage, block prints, drawings, poetry and text. Upon completion, the series is gathered together and exhibited partially in a gallery, and partially online. This hybrid installation model allows the artwork to be read both as a cohesive agglomeration, as well as a collection of individual art objects and text.
I use the form of the art to mediate levels of accessibility for the content therein. The availability of digital work is wide open due to its reiterative nature, whereas handmade bookworks ensure that access to the content, and therefore the process of viewing, is intimate and personal.
Some recurrent themes are:
Gender and Identity: Practice and Performance
The practice of moving between the tactile and the digital in painting:
The Natural World
Arts based research:
And book work:
Links to my practice-led research explorations are included in the comments below…
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