artist statement

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. I am currently developing an Arts Council funded theatrical production inspired by my art and music, with Soap Soup Theatre. It is called MathildaMathilda and is scheduled to be launched in Spring 2019.

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. I like the way collage can inject a different kind of energy, humour, instability to both process and result.

‘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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