My work explores human interaction and isolation within the domestic environment. The concepts are highly personal and explore memory to reveal hidden meanings.
Metaphors go beyond these themes to examine a broader interest in the human condition. Thus meaning is elusive and hopefully triggers a response from the viewer.
I employ a range of techniques culled from the history of painting and integrate these under the influence of contemporary artists:
Having not yet come to terms with an austere childhood I have yet been unable to make ‘closure’. My art has become a reflective diary, a documentation of childhood. I photographed many Dolls at the Museum of Bolton Archives and they live on in my memory: as such they are reinterpreted and enveloped in the sadness I felt at that age. Each expression and state of dress does not always convey their innocence. …for they always were innocent ! Haunting backgrounds, poses and expressions confront the viewer…. the doll gaze…sometimes evil, sometimes fearful………..
I aim to have develop tension between representational and abstract notions of recall. Thus a flat surface can be used to create the illusion of space, form and atmosphere.
Rather than displaying direct narratives a limited amount of information is given by means of signifiers. The scene is set to produce a stage-managed degree of mystery from which the viewer can fill-in the gaps and reach his own conclusion to an open-ended scenario.