Whatever form the work takes, there is always a thread running through it. We, you and I, are made of physical matter and the understanding and ramifications of that stimulates our anxieties. My work goes through a very defined corporal process in order to find a sense of significance, satisfaction, meaning and clarity. Transforming every-day objects in a kind of “Frankenstein” way, looking to create a possible “new life” from an old one.
I symbolically embalm potential object with cuts and folds which heighten their distinction and release a new beauty: re-configuring, re-aligning and transforming, creating and damaging but always echoing the themes of life. The objects created are not obviously figurative but seek to capture and express emotional values. The work is about facets of everyday existence that is experienced through our own discordant clash of body and soul, which ignites our passions and desires.
As the writer and poet Hugo Williams wrote in a letter to a friend after experiencing a heart attack:
“We start out all surface, all pink, new skin, everything inside us unknown and irrelevant to life. Little by little we colonise our innards with metaphors of one kind or another. Gradually we start wearing everything
on the outside, our hearts are on our sleeves, our
intestines over our arms until in the end we are
completely hollowed out, paralysed by the sight of out frailty. ”