Artist’s statement

My practice is focused on the relationships between drawing, painting, sculpture and print and draws from a mix of old English folklore, architectural theory and historical references to explore the permeabilities between the body, complex emotional states and architectural /transient spaces and natural landscapes. I am interested in the sculptural idea of both the room and the body as a container or vessel which objects and emotions can pour in and out of, and drain leak or overflow.

My work is often influenced by a sense of place, often with a strong connection to  nature where a narrative thread runs within it which pieces it all together. This can include layers of stories blending together from history, folklore, rituals or from one of my many literary influences. I am interested in the gothic, surreal and magic realism in writing for example; Edgar Allen Poe, Kafka, JG Ballard, Chekhov and William Golding.

I begin a new series of work by firstly reading, researching and sometimes writing a story/poem around my ideas or a particular place. The work can often be situated in a mixture of architectural spaces, ranging from domestic interiors to transient spaces, public architectural forms or unusual natural landscapes. Based on these interior worlds that I create within these spaces I then begin to make drawings, sculptural objects, paintings and prints. This process usually culminates in installations that weave narratives and time zones together to create an alternative reality.

While I am interested in what can be embodied in architecture, I also look to the status of the body itself and its relationship to its surroundings. The skin can be visualised as a magical architectural membrane that holds us together. Within my narratives characters are created, much as in short stories and the psychological and physical effects on them of the built and natural environment are key to my explorations.

The fetish like objects, drawings, paintings and prints that I make inhabit a blend of architectural spaces(either in the body or in a place) that use ideas of “apotropaic”(protective) folklore and magic that can defend, protect, constrain or invigorate the body.