Meanderings through media and materials allow me to explore the ephemeral nature of culture and society, illusions of freedom and feelings of being locked in to a civilisation that appears to be based on systems that are incompatible with human and planetary evolution.
I like to think that my work is a reminder that even small changes can make a big difference. My ultimate aim is to make subtle interventions derived from a multisensory response to ‘place’.
Beginning to work with a chosen subject is initially a process of shedding as many preconceptions as is humanly possible, to start from ‘Zone 0’ – a still centre familiar from yogic practice and permaculture – seeking to adopt an honest and empirical stance that is attuned to observing, receiving and responding with accuracy and empathy, so that the work grows organically and is a product of an ecosystem and not just an individual.
At first, I do not question why, how or who – simply what and where – methodically charting key details as well as noting any overarching atmospheres. Photos, film clips, audio recordings, drawings and notes record my discoveries and once this mapping is done, I begin to dig deeper and unearth why a place evokes certain responses – reasons which may pivot on a site’s geographic features, history, socio-political references or personal connections. What manifests is a cultural journey exploring and questioning a site’s uniqueness like a wandering dance during which the subject and myself move together in repeated explorations and excavations and apart during thinking and making.
Working across multimedia and object making allows responses to be sculpted, assembled from found objects, drawn, filmed, recorded, aromatised, photographed and written and final works generally involve a combination of several of these. The challenges of a rare and incurable illness demand that I work outside normal limits and expectations and lends a sense of fragility to the outcomes, which sometimes bear witness to a shaky hand, a blurred eye, a halting pace, an exhausted mind.