My practice explores the fragmentary nature of identity, memory, perception. Through a range of formal approaches – drawing, painting, photography/film, found objects, text – I assemble, erode, combine to create a kind of non linear record or narrative. Work is grouped together but can also be considered in isolation.
I am interested in the provenance of objects, texts and found materials which allude to my own past but also a common past. Through the creative process objects are selected and created becoming ‘recovered’ memories which trace the process of change and encode new meanings.
I am keen to explore new ‘ways in’ which are driven by the personal yet are structured, rigorous, moving toward the universal. ‘ A hybrid coexistence of ideas and approaches’ described by Svetlana Boym as ‘Off-Modern’.
‘Off-modern’ reflection does not try to cure longing with belonging and a remake of traditional yardsticks. Rather it produces offspring of thought out of those gaps and crossroads, opening up an alternative way to the intellectual history of modernity. It invites us to explore the garden of forking paths that hides behind the facade of our urban nature, to tell unpredictable stories of contacts and disconnects, to play with fictional illusions and masks, to be honest with ourselves and our ghosts.”
I have most recently worked on a collaboration with poet Sheila Black and sound artist Lynne Thermann called Nostalgia/Analgesic which explored the power and potential destructiveness of nostalgia and the role of art in untangling its meaning. This culminated in an exhibition called blood/MarcyAV which took place in Oct 2013 at The Old Ambulance Depot in Edinburgh.
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