artist statement

Dolls are a significant part of my aesthetic. The doll is a substitute human being, a homunculus. My doll collection provides me with actors and models.

I value collage as a means of disrupting intention with chance. The coloured or printed pieces offer a visual conversation between randomness and meaning which allows the image to develop in surprising ways. Conscious and unconscious thought processes can mutually merge during the process of making to create a kind of magical result. Further, the conversation set up between collage and painted or drawn elements leads to a conclusion that cannot be anticipated.

Making art from discarded stuff, giving it a new and poetic function alongside paint and drawing materials is an immense pleasure, an adventure. Working with collage is like putting a disruptor in the mix. I may have an idea for a painting, but collage can lead me on a merry dance before I get the painting resolved. If used in a random way it will provide accidental associations, colours, texture and so on, and will also challenge me to find a resolution to the visual problems I have generated which will lead to an unanticipated outcome. I like the way collage can inject a different kind of energy, humour, instability to both process and result.

In my work you will find a love of theatre. I embrace dark and whimsical imagery, hint at stories untold, celebrate carnival and explore archetypes.

‘Splendid, witty, naughty, fine work’ – visitor’s book remark from my exhibition ‘Deth and The Mayden’ at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, Dec 2015

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