Pigment, acrylic, oil, newspaper, plaster, found objects on wood and canvas
Within this series of work I deeply explore my past, highlighting elements of my cultural otherness. Inside this framework I have blended present influences that are informed by where I live, namely Australian bush landscapes.
There has been no rigid structure in my process, consequently the artworks present an unencumbered dialogue with myself – what has arisen are symbols and objects from self-reflections, similar to ideas of Surrealist automatism.
I have developed an interest in the materiality of paint and inherent to that, ideas of erosion and time. Texture is important to my work as it offers an emotive response that is hard to achieve otherwise. This is visualized in the series through visual excavations and material disturbances. Throughout the works I have thought of the canvas as a second skin where I reflect something from my inner self to a new entity.
Another aspect to the series is ideas of duality. I am trying to reflect the concept of the individual and the whole and how larger contexts and structures affect the components that make them. The artworks have been most informed by playful experimentation and the subconscious.