I endeavour to capture fleeting moments we are vaguely aware of. Process is important to me. I work systematically, pushing forward from something I know to test how marks can suggest something strange yet familiar. As Giacometti says ‘we cannot think about our present thought, it slips away as we try to grasp it'. [Sylvester 1965]. Like Auerbach, ‘I'm hoping to make a new thing'...‘that remains in the mind'. [Hughes.1990]. The audience is required to interact with my work to find something that resonates.
Some images are bright against a dark ground, suggesting those ‘illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark' [Woolf, 1927]. Each represent a brief moment in time and a visual realisation of a point in my artistic development.
My work also explores the fragility of shadowy, precarious, hidden places......The change occurs in a quiet space. Undetected. Light shifts and the moment is gone. The shadow of the instance hangs, all too briefly, in the half light. The pinhole camera capturing fragment of times gone by.
As Artist in Residence at Portsmouth Cathedral I found quiet, ephemeral places that hang in the air...suggestive of some half glimpsed world just beyond my understanding. ...a world that is gradually being exposed through periods of quiet contemplation...a world of the sea and the soul and of dedication.
My current work explores the delicate nature of our environment. Black and white images portraying the landscape...colourful, visceral photographs uncovering the contamination within.
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