5 – 14 July 2019, Mills Bakery Upper Floor, Royal William Yard
My paintings deal with ambiguity, both in perception of visual content and in the perception of the painted surface. They explore the dichotomy between nature and technology, presenting humanity somewhere in the middle, attempting to work out interactions or intersections with each force. The paintings establish a tension between these two entities, to offer a space where nature and technology mesmerizingly fold into one another. Throughout there are references to contemporary society, which rupture the oceanic quality of the work, interrupting the seductive colours and whirling compositions. A different level of attention is encouraged, one that considers the painting beyond its appearance.
My sculptural forms bring a sense of humour through a visual presentation bringing together soft and hard along with animations that bulge and squirm. Constructed jersey sections are stuffed and stacked, then compressed with concrete breeze blocks. The bricks are visually heavy as we see them pressing down and squashing the cushioned forms. The soft pastel fabric shows stress and weight from the pressure.. These contrasting forms and materials explores a social pressure to conform to a particular version of masculine or feminine and what it is to be a ‘man’.
I have focused on is collecting materials from the urban environment in order to print onto and create rhythmic suspensions in the gallery. By securing the printed materials with bungee cords and ratchet straps a tension between stretching, folding, compressing and hanging is created, this allows the previously used materials to be shown in a new way. Another set of materials I have been working with is Sand Bags and Rubble Bags. They are presented on mass, with one set being filled and stacked and the other strapped and compressed together.