After twelve years of university teaching Fine Art, my focus is now on my own practice.
My practice is based in painting, drawing, text and collage; although collage encompasses all of the others and references a process of making. Essentially, this is a playing with the repositioning of images and ideas to allow often unexpected and humorous meanings to occur.
It is a crucial element of my practice, that the thinking and making process is exposed within the work. My work continues to explore the relationship between physical and metaphysical aspects of existence. Previously, measured elements have included chairs, beds, lamps, flies, and wallpaper as well as other signs of physicality. This current series of work ‘Not The Floor’, (inspired by the invention of a short story concerning a house move, a magical garden and a disappearing floor) – creates an environment where all these components converge. The challenge of drawing people was substantial and some humorous studies emerged. There is a similarity between a chair , a man, and a fly, and the attempt to transform flies through drawing to become more human, resulted in an almost separate body of work – “Fly, Man, Chair,” which now includes dogs and aliens. Zen philosophy endorses the notion of continuation and nothing having absolute identity, and this fits so well with this theme.