"...to create a pictorial language that only loosely relates to the outside world, but expresses volumes about my inner experience...."
Throughout my life, I have been creating and exploring my artistic side. From illustration, design, abstract painting and stitching, I have always endeavoured to explore a variety of mediums. My love of fine art has always been the constant in my life.
I formalised my artistic practice at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design achieving high merit in my undergraduate Certificate in Foundation and my Certificate of Arts and Design.
Although my background was originally illustration, I have now evolved my practice into pure abstraction, driving my need for self-expression without the constraints of reality.
I create out of my studio in Waihi, New Zealand and am fortunate to also work from a studio in The Netherlands for a few months of the year. Living between the southern and northern hemisphere, helps me embrace both cultural and social aspects of these very diverse countries. Apart from creating artistic expressions, I enjoy spending time outdoors, reading, walking and meditating. Music plays an important part in my creative process, evoking moods and emotions while developing work. I enjoy an eclectic range of music that changes depending on the development of my artwork and the direction it is going.
Appealing to both the need for limitless spontaneity coupled with the need for some semblance of order, my process is my enabler to freedom. The uninhibited self and the esoteric self are represented by loose and free paintwork controlled by meditative thread-work. The simple square as a visual reference to the esoteric shadow self, is often found in my work. Whether it appears as a solid form, covered by thread or boarded by thread; or whether it appears purely as thread-work in a net-like construction, a feeling of safety and security are mentally and visually felt as the esoteric is protected. The uninhibited is left exposed and the esoteric hidden away.
As a process driven artist, I enjoy experimenting with a combination of paint, ink, graphite, charcoal and thread. My paintwork often embodies a fabric like quality as it is removed from one surface to another and hand-stitched and/or adhered into place. Placed on either a solid background or an expressive, loose background, my solid paint 'fabric' offers an original juxtaposition of mediums. As light bounces off foil and metallic thread, I endeavour to draw the viewers eye back to the artwork, to cause them to pause and reflect.
"Man's task is to become conscious of the contents that press upward from the unconscious" - Carl Jung.
Throughout my abstract practice, I am striving on a personal level, to understand and be open to the unconscious; the myriad of feelings that often present themselves conjunctly, sometimes manifesting as confusion, sometimes as elation.
Emotional interruptions that intercept each other and the cross-pollenating of every feeling at one moment in time, is explored as a whole rather than considered on an individual basis. A 'snap-shot' illustrating an unabbreviated moment in time. I am continually striving to methodise visual material in a way that enchants and captivates the viewer as well as providing an emotional narrative.
This investigation into unlocking the all-inclusive hidden parts of oneself and exploring how to communicate these visually, leads me on a personal journey to understand the essence of self.
INFLUENCING THERORY - THE VIENNA SECESSION
The Vienna Secession has been a relevant movement to my own practice. By giving applied art equal standing and value to purely painted works has given me the freedom to experiment and not under-value my own works. By balancing both the pure paint element of my works and the almost hand-craft element of my thread-work, I have endeavoured to give each component equal merit and meaning without one dominating the other.
I believe, 'Decorative Function' draws the viewer in. It isnt for its own sake. It is to move the observer deeper; to attempt to engage them with the very essence of the work.
DECORATION + SOMETHING MORE