My studio practice is creating 2 and 3 dimensional compositions in collage, painting, sculpture and installation. The materials I use are both created and found. They are selected for their texture, colour, shape. Themes in my art often include boundaries, bodies, relationships and ecosystems. There are many circles and loops as I return to ideas and images I've been involved with for the past two decades. Working with different materials expands on these ideas as I orient my vision to current aesthetics. My images mean to forge a vision and language from the contemporary and modernist history of Western art.
My collage practice is cutting photographic images and coloured paper into abstract forms and arranging hypothetical compositions that are both disorienting and familiar, as a dream. Building upon the modernist tradition of collage, I further the act of cutting with a contemporary approach of abstracting the photographic image rather than closely portraying the original photograph or image by following the shape through it's line.
The photographs I use are found in books with high quality printing, and were originally shot with film. There is dense information in the images, and I play with the qualities of focus, detail, colour and texture. Additionally, I use acrylic paint, graphite, wood panel and an assortment of gesso and finish. Painting my own paper provides a greater control of palette, which I balance with the photographs and other paper sources. When selecting materials I look for paper that is durable, archival and rare.
When selecting materials for installations and sculpture, I start with an object found in everyday life, such as food packaging, a drawer, or a table leg. An ironing board becomes a body, chairs become dancers. Recently I have been working on small scale sculptures that resemble white box theatres. Pins, jewellery, netting, paper, coins, share the same world with small clay pieces that I shape, carve and paint. As with my approach to collage, I am interested in discovering what the materials have to offer, and how they interact with my painted and sculpted pieces, to create a puzzle.