My work deals predominantly with colour and shape. I use these elements to explore juxtaposition, repetition, movement and rhythm. Although I have lived in London for two decades, the colours of South Africa have never left me and remain a central influence in my work.
Whether it is a plant or clouds or smudges on a wall, these can all serve as inspiration for me and act as a starting point for a painting. My inspiration comes from the world around me and then it becomes something of it’s own. It is sifted through my memory and my imaginings.
I’m interested in weighing accident against deliberation, precision and control against playfulness and abandon. I play with material, medium and form and through this, an ‘arrangement’ is made. I use the word ‘arrangement’ to mean a state in which I find the result to be pleasing in some way. I also mean it in the sense that I’ve come to some kind of arrangement with the painting itself. My marks speak back to me and I reply until I feel that the conversation is over.
I have always been more interested in colour and shape and materials than in social or political or personal commentary or content. I like the way that abstraction allows for ambiguity. I do not need or want definitive answers or didactic explanations. I prefer meaning, if it is found at all, to be open. My work is subjectively driven and is guided largely by intuition.
When I paint I am in control of the process up to a point. I choose to relinquish control at certain stages but I’m ‘ watching’ this process very carefully. I’m in charge of the accidents to some extent and it’s this dance of chaos and control that intrigues me. The freedom is controlled. All of this has to happen with a lack of self consciousness otherwise everything comes to a halt. This intersection of order and chaos endlessly fascinates me.
With painting, as with other things, you’re always losing possibilities by the choices you make. This seems to me to be a very exciting thing.