THE SOUL SHOULD ALWAYS STAND AJAR - EMILY DICKINSON
My work is mostly made in response to events, encounters, sensations, in my own life. I paint in a visceral, fairly intuitive way, like a sort of diary; often as a series of thoughts, impulses and feelings, rather than as carefully thought out concepts planned from beginning to end. I paint to reflect an internal landscape which I try and translate in an intuitive way but I am also deeply affected by the events taking place both globally and closer to home. There is a visual order that seems to emerge where I can alter my own invisible reality….particularly in the contemporary moment of lockdown and its effects. Images emerge, get covered up and then new narratives appear. My paintings are a bit like me: sometimes impulsive, colourful, expressive and direct; other times, withholding, enigmatic, introspective and restless. Always its about the language of communication. When I draw I’m just exploring the medium and trying to develop a narrative, so often thats a way of accessing the process towards painting. I love the meditative language of being in my studio and immersing myself in another space.
WHEREVER YOU ARE IS THE ENTRY POINT - KABIR