About this piece
About The Artist -
Through my work I aim to communicate the bittersweet experience of looking backwards, inwards and into other realms. I wish to conjure the joy and mystery of childhood in my work and the surreal nature of humans at play.
In exposing a world of the uncanny, what is revealed may be realer than real. There are fantasies in our worlds, mysticism even. I seek to wake in us the sense we had as children that the invisible exists alongside the visible and that all the commodity of the waking mind may be willed into being by the act of dreaming and playing. Using emotional truth as a lens, it allows the audience to see themselves within a story, to connect and find their own truth within.It transcends facts, I don’t wish to project meaning at all,I wish for the viewer to take away their own from the experience. Ideally I wish my work to be rooted in sensation, granting the viewer access through a portal, evoking the past and bringing it to life.
Painting has allowed me to blur these lines between realities, drawing allows me to explore vignettes of memory or snapshots in time. Three years ago I would’ve called myself an oil painter, mainly through the constrictions of my degree. During that time I tried all the routes I could to allow my practice to become ‘extended painting’. I worked primarily using oil paint on canvas, drawings and ink on paper and later i started exploring story telling through puppetry. Throughout the lockdowns I started diving into my love of traditional animation and the moving image. Immersing myself in the works of artists like Mary Ellen Bute, Maya Deren, Barbara Hammer and Tacita dean. I started experimenting using light boxes, digital tablets and using digital softwares to create short films. I realised I didn’t need to be confined to one medium.
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