Central Saint Martins - UAL
My work combines techniques of digital photography, video, collage and traditional painting. I began this series while working on a portrait of a friend and found that the movement and mixing of images reflected my own peripatetic journey from London to Los Angeles to New Orleans to Tokyo.
Like the works of Justin Bower or Gerhard Richter the photograph or film serves as a reference material to begin a process of deconstruction and reconstruction. By digitally manipulating images, creating overlapping, collaged elements and double exposures I produce a new image both surreal and somehow more accurate to the way an individual may recall reality. Like most memories, partially documented, imperfect and mostly intangible, the re-presentation of a moment must employ several methods in order to reconstruct it. I use the manipulated images to paint from, allowing the "imagined" and reinterpreted elements to fill in the gaps between the "real" and the abstract. The use of technology and traditional painting is a means of exploring identity construction in the modern age. My work explores the relationships between the individual, the self, the interpersonal and the cultural.
Using visual elements, symbols, writing, photography, narrative, we compile a memory; we construct layers that create our identities, past, present, desires. The investigation of identity is the artists' journey; through culture, race, sexuality, religion, technology; an ongoing conversation spanning our visual culture. My engagement with this dialogue attempts to elaborate from a position of duality and multiplicity, incorporating the private and public, organic and technological, tangible, temporal and transformative.