Turps Correspondence Course, 2016
Central Saint Martins - UAL
Painter, curator, sometimes writer. Telling tales. Political stories about love and loss, and other stuff that doesn’t make sense.
21st century events are tense, destabilising and rotten. The causes are complex, overlapping and many. Complicated by random beauty and kindness – some things just aren’t right. In an attempt to untangle the complexity, I have been delving through autobiographical and cultural memories. Backwards to go forwards. And making art. I paint what I don’t like. My art resembles what it opposes.
Drawing, painting, photography, digital collage, film and objects. Tanks, kalashnikovs and gas masks, replicas of real objects from significant events that refer to real social constraints and issues. And performances via a cast of characters. Funny and full of pathos, figures inhabit real spaces, offering entry into a different world – hallway, derelict house, beach re-cast as alien space. The empty costumes transform from inanimate objects into sites that locate the work and house short films – performed or hung, and animated by simple technology, light, sound and projection.