I believe to create you must first destroy. Whether that is physically or digitally, through disruption or defragmentation, or via the re-imagination of memory and reality; my work always begins from a viewpoint of disrupting the norm to allow me to develop something new.
I am a multimedia artist, using both traditional and digital processes to produce my art, and where ever possible looking at ways to combine the two into something new. I like to be able to use a variety of medium to allow me to realise my ideas, choosing the method that best works for each piece. Painting, video work, sculpture, light and sound all play a major role in the work I am currently producing.
I am interested in how we interpret not only art, but also the world around us as a whole. I want my work to interact with the viewer, and for the observer, in turn, to react back to it. To question their preconceptions and in many cases question what is the art, and what is merely a vessel from which the artwork is created. What initially draws the viewer towards my art is often just misdirection, a means to end. It is only through exploring the work and the alternatives that it produces, that the audience can fully see the work being created and allow them the opportunity to have a direct impact on their own experiences when viewing it.
I am fascinated in the accidental and in allowing coincidence to play apart in my creations. The unexpected reflection, the light cast across the room, the way in which the artwork interacts within the space in which it occupies. These things allow me the opportunity to produce site-specific work that is not specific to that sight, but rather uses the architecture of the space between the art and the viewer to produce new moments and connections.
Found objects often play a major role within my work. Finding the beauty in discarded items, and giving past treasures a new life is both a challenge and an opportunity. I am fascinated in the history of the objects that I create with and creating new histories for them in the process. This allows me the ability to question the items authenticity and shed new light on their potential for making art.
My experimental nature is constantly pushing me to new ideas, new concepts and new ways of thinking. This allows me to be constantly developing and evolving as an artist, allowing me to interpret my world with new and exciting methods. I am always on the look out for inspiration from my surroundings. If I’m not making art then I am thinking about what I could be making the next time I visit my studio. Art has always been the consistent in my life, from learning to teaching, exhibiting to curating; it is always present in one form or another.
“There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear.” John Cage