“The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because its only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on. If you can change the way people think. The way they see themselves. The way they see the world. You can change the way people live their lives. That's the only lasting thing you can create.” Chuck Palahniuk, Choke
Study of philosophy informs my works, predominantly the works of Heideggar and his concepts of Dasein; "Language is the house of being, which is propriated by being”; this quote influences my work, along with questions and thought arising of experience and Being. How much of life is made of language and what is that language? Heideggars argument that “to describe an experience properly entails finding the being for whom the description may matter” is integral to my work. I am intrigued by these experiences, the differences in what is meaningful to different entities, the openness as a way of being, and a way of being human.
As an artist I enjoy using text, the written word can command so many thoughts, feelings, ideas and concepts. Words have a power to spark the imagination in the viewer, allowing them to create worlds in their minds from descriptions. Often when we (I) talk we do not comprehend the gravity of the words we use, or what we are saying, how once they are said they hover in the air, sometimes uncomfortable.
I am interested in how society uses language to convey our feelings, and our honesty with ourselves and others of our deepest desires. Relationships, romantic and platonic feature heavily in my work, which I describe in broken and ambiguous narratives. The idea that a fleeting thought is captured, these words paired with photographs or objects to raise questions inside the viewer, encouraging the reader to create links, tenuous or otherwise.I aim to create works that are personal on a universal level, everyone can take a small part of the work and say “I've felt that”.
I use text predominantly alongside a photograph, or an installation. Allowing the viewer to make connections, no matter how tenuous, between the words and the visual accompaniment. I concentrate on the emotions we feel most deeply, love, hate, joy, sadness. These emotions are universal on a personal level, and how we relate to them fascinates me.
CV & Education
2013 - You Told Me You Loved Me... Then I Was Trapped, Space 2 Gallery, Watford
2012 - Untitled, The Dragon Bar, Hastings
2012 - You Never Bought Me Flowers So I Gave You A Garden, The SPACE, Kings Road, St Leonards-on-Sea
2011 - Future Fauna, St Mary In The Castle, Hastings
2011 - Lost, Respond Academy, St Leonards-on-Sea
2013 - I've Got No Reason Why My Skies So Blue, Since I've Had a Piece of You, The Poly, Falmouth
2013 - Opening Show, High Tide Cycles & Art Gallery, St Leonards-on-Sea
2011 - Show, Staffordshire University, Staffordshire
2011 - The Lost Plot, Wellington Square Gardens, Hastings
2013 - Musical Instruments, Hailsham Community Centre, Hailsham, East Sussex
2013 - Musical Instruments, Robsack Childrens Centre, Hastings, East Sussex
2012 - Flotilla Boats, Radiator Arts, Sidley Youth Club
2012 - Lantern Making, for Amicus Horizon, Fellowship of St Nichols
2012 - Olympic Torches, St Leonards Festival, St Leonards-on-Sea
2012 - Pimp Your Brolly, Radiator Arts, Stade Hall