My work is a visual diary projecting intimate parcels of self-reflection into details of current social concern. Using paint and film to illuminate what is important to me, I work perceptively to construct surreal worlds as intuitive responses to our world’s personality. I love finding what resonates as something ‘familiar’ within people, and then subtly introducing obscured inconsistencies, turning the everyday into the unexpected.
Both my mediums of paint and film influence each other equally. My love of experimental film is a major influence on my painting work, each premeditated element on canvas relaying its own particular message through ambiguous symbolism, just as I would construct a film shot.
Before I begin working on a painting or film piece, I gradually collect snippets of thought and handwritten beginnings of ideas, piecing them together into a physical structure. I like not knowing the destination before starting and allowing the work to progress naturally, imagining that if I had started it at a different point in time the final piece would turn out differently.
Historically, I have been influenced by performance artists of the 70s such as Valie Export, Vito Acconci, Chantal Akermann and Maya Deren. Protagonists of extraordinary cinema Andrei Tarkovsky and Bela Tarr and have also been significant in the provenance of my love of film, and painters such as Mircea Suciu, Ruprecht Von Kaufamnn, Edward Hopper and Adrien Ghenie have influenced my painting work.