Waiting Room explores the vulnerability of the sick (female) body, the subject threatened by disease and the trauma of treatment. Harsh sculptural surfaces of the scratchy cubicle curtain are set against an expanse of skin rubbed raw. Fluids escape and coagulate.
Painstakingly reproduced pattern stands in for the monotony of the medical process and the minutia of the everyday. The repeated mark making also relates to a subconscious process, a kind of mesmeric performative action – akin to stitching - sometimes enabling thoughts and feelings to float to the surface, at other times operating like an irritating, obsessive kind of self soothing. Pattern is also a way to rethink concerns in painting such as: materiality, abstraction and representation, gesture and repetition.