My practice explores the fragmentary nature of memory and perception. As a migrant to the UK and an identical twin, ‘home’ and ‘identity’ are not constants but temporary, transient, even transferable. Using drawing, painting, found objects, and images, I explore ‘place’ as a locus of memory, dreaming, and desire. Landscape, houses, interiors, the objects found here, form a mise en scene of ‘real’ and imagined histories. I lay down layers, take them up, find and create blanks.
Drawing and painting is at the centre of my practice. I work outside from observation and also in the studio where I employ found objects and automatic techniques (tracing, stencilling, sgraffito). Using a process of bricolage, I construct objects, make installations, work with moving image.
Observation and experimentation develop ways of seeing and help unlock meaning and imagination.
My current project Casser Maison (breaking the house) refers to a French-Canadian end of life ritual of clearing a house. At the end of life, home is interchangeable; possessions transferable. Could this shift experienced by many help us to imagine a more sustainable way of living on our planet? Experimenting with a bricolage of observational drawing and painting, collecting and combining, Casser Maison considers ideas of home and nostalgia as expressed through the rituals of breaking or leaving a house.
Gyre came about from observing a mystery: the increasing number of cellophane balloons appearing on the same wild, and inaccessible ocean beach near my parent’s home. I collected hundreds from this beach over years and with sculpture and automatic drawing, used these objects to explore melancholy, the persistence of desire, the seduction of nostalgia. Our ‘collective forgetting’ is a clue to this mystery, the end of the feedback loop that brings us back around to what we think we need.