“Images not only bring so much of the past into a single moment of present experience, they also embrace a wider range of bodily experience than intellectual verbal statements can”
– Marion Milner (Psychoanalyst), (1950) “On Not Being Able to Paint”
A lot of my paintings are quite cathartic pieces in their creative process, especially when dealing with the human body. I find the painting of skin to be a healing process. It’s a vulnerable, yet protective layer that we all have; a visual metaphor for what being human means to me – the contrast yet coexistence of fragility and strength in us as beings and a society.
The enigmatic presence that nuanced trauma emits characterises my practice. I am searching for that unnameable thing within painting that reveals itself as a personal truth; selected through subconscious or intuitive inclination. Exploring the human condition in regard to the traumatised mind has become my muse.
By cultivating a conversation with the audience that feels one to one I hope to hold a mirror up to the viewers inner psyche. It is my endeavour to create a wider understanding of traumas effect on the subconscious through creating artworks which have an affective quality that questions the depicted through an intro and extrospective lens.
“If we have only an aesthetic experience it is due to us becoming alienated from the artwork”
– Hans-Georg Gadamer
“Thus the aesthetically sensitive man stands in the same relation to the reality of dreams as the philosopher does to the reality of existence; he is a close and willing observer, for these images afford him an interpretation of life, and by reflecting on these processes he trains himself for life”
– Friedrich Nietzsche