I am a conceptually representational painter and object-oriented artist, working within a narrative that questions perceptions of art and the conditions of painting. Through a systematic unpicking of the modern obsession with consumption and possession, and a formal reconsideration of material and meaning my work brings the audience into conversation with the subject of painting. Combining found objects, manipulated semiotics and painterly language to create artworks that aim to question our perceptions of the things we are looking at and the ways we are looking at them.
Experimenting with the subject of painting through a reconstruction of its materials.
Questioning the value of painting through a reconsideration of its peripheral objects.
Exploring the materiality of painting to manipulate its qualities.
An examination of painting as physical, perceptual, and above all, human, activity.
My practice explores painting as both subject and object which has the potential to access a connection with painting that goes beyond its use as medium, commodity, and object.
Recent explorations are centered around materially metaphorical painting; works that are metaphors for painting and paintings in their own right. Approaching painting indirectly, through a new materialist ontology.
For me, the most important element is the challenge to look at things differently; to see the narrative and philosophy in the questioning of ‘Art’. After all: which is more real, the image or the way we frame it?