The themes of fragility, metamorphosis and survival are central to my work, which can be viewed as a continuum from personal to world issues. The fragility of life within that, and the determination of nature and humankind to overcome adversity, is at the core of my investigations. Into my work I weave personal narratives to illustrate how we cope with trauma, disease and recovery. This has led to explorations into sexual transitioning, cancer treatments and facing death. And on a more global scale I have looked at the effects of huge environmental stresses – climate change above all – on the human condition.
This fragility is explored through individual works and installations, but always founded in a strong narrative content. Through sight, sound and touch, I want to facilitate an exchange, a dialogue with the viewer, encouraging them to become more deeply involved with the subject.
The metamorphosis extends to the art itself. Having a highly process-led approach to making I manipulate a wide range of materials, juxta-positioning traditional art making with industrial production methods. They could be organic (wood, pathology specimens, human tissue) combined with natural pigments, ink, charcoal, metal powders. And these are encouraged to mutate - corrosion, oxidation, shrinkage and weeping all working to create fragility and change in the piece.
Alongside the exploration of the personal condition, our environmental impact is being scrutinized through a year-long collaboration with a fellow art and science colleague. I have travelled for research to Iceland and hope to venture to the Arctic.
With thanks to: The Gordon Museum of Pathology, Kings College laboratories and Dr.Billy Leung.