I began exploring colour and emotion through painting after I experienced the powerful impact of Mark Rothko’s ‘Seagram Mural’ paintings in the Tate. I wanted to make work that created a similar response – I found that blue and red work best for me but it was very interesting that I had strong negative feelings toward yellow and green.
When I took up making art full time, I started my day’s work with a 20-minute walk as a way of clearing my mind. As my awareness of changes in the landscape grew, I made photographs of moments that were significant both emotionally and visually.
I enjoy the process of photography with its combination of technicalities and aesthetics, and for a time the two activities of painting and photography continued in parallel, but I was always aware of a tension between them that I could never satisfactorily resolve. In digital video I have found an ideal medium for exploring this tension.
I started making videos in 2006 during my MA. As a result of juxtaposing photographs with paintings, then cutting them up and sticking them onto the painting in strips of different widths, I ended up painting vertical strips of colour onto the paintings – reminiscent of Barnet Newman’s “zips”. When I displayed several pieces of this work together as a series I could see that they were like film stills so that when, co-incidentally, I was introduced to digital video it felt like a medium with enormous potential for me. It was very exciting to be able to combine abstraction with photographic images and include time and sound.
I work mainly intuitively, making up rules as I go along and then breaking them. I work from video footage of ordinary, everyday moments – sometimes planned in advance and sometimes not. The addition of vertical lines into the image makes it come alive for me. I add the lines in response to events in the picture – they emphasise the passage of time through their rhythms and the changing proportions. The layering of imagery using Chroma Key I find interesting because it enables me to combine movement in several directions at once. The soundtrack of the final piece is the ambient sound slowed, stretched and layered, and sometimes mixed with other recordings.
In my recent work, I’ve been exploring the many layers of perception of everyday moments and how they change from one state to another, and the way we create patterns and rhythms in our lives.
Some artists who are influential to me are: Malcolm Le Grice for his use of repetition and rhythms of sound and image, Bill Viola for his use of slowed down film, and Ergin Çavuşoğlus studies of transience.
- 2007 Street Zen, Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich
- 2011 Eastern Open 2011, King's Lynn Arts Centre, King's Lynn
- 2010 Open Exhibition, New Brewery Arts Centre, Cirencester
- 2010 Eastern Open 2010, King's Lynn Arts Centre, King's Lynn
- 2009 Open Exhibition, Cafe Gallery Projects, London
- 2009 Paricles particles, Surface Gallery, Nottingham
- 2008 Open Exhibition, Cafe Gallery Projects, London
- 2008 The MA & Other Postgraduates Contemporary Art Show 2009, Atkinson Gallery, Millfield
- 2007 Norwich Fringe, Castle Mall, Bear Factory, Norwich
- 2007 MA Show, NSAD, Norwich
- 2011 E.V.A. BachModern Project, Bashimi Art House, Salzburg
- 2011 Salthouse 11, Ad Limina, Salthouse Church, Salthouse, Norfolk
- 2011 17 Days (vol 4), Atrium Gallery at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
- 2010 Alternative Film/Video Festival 2010, Students City Cultural Center, Belgrade
- 2010 The Art of Faith, Norwich Castle Museum, Norwich
- 2010 Salthouse 10, Landmark, Salthouse Chuirch, Salthouse, Norfolk
- 2010 NO(N)PLACE, Forth Valley College, Alloa
- 2009 Shorts, Norwich Arts Centre/Aurora, Norwich
- 2009 Japan Media Arts Festival, National Art Centre, Tokyo
- 2008 Abstract Cinema, Theatre of the Accademia, Rome
- 2008 Shorts, Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich
- 2008 Bankok Experimental Film Festival, Arts Centre, Bangkok
Competitions, prizes and awards
- 2011 Lens Based New Media Award, Eastern Open, King's Lynn
- 2010 New Media Award, Eastern Open, King's Lynn
- 2008 Charlotte Stevenson Award, Cafe Gallery Project, London