“If a certain childhood experience asserts itself in the memory, this is not because it is golden but because it has lain beside gold”
(Freud; The Uncanny)
Curiosity is a basic human impulse; the urge to reveal or discover, to test and exceed present limits of knowledge or experience. It is essential for enquiry, travel and exploration, and also for artistic work. But curiosity can have a dark side; a desire to uncover secrets and to pry into matters that may not concern us.
If I turn my world upside down what will happen to my equilibrium? What insights will I find? Is it a world of seduction, joy and colour; or darkness, disorientation and shadows?
Using the importance of an experience in the landscape as a motive and also my subject matter, I am attempting to grasp a line of enquiry into the notion of “Screen Memory” a term used by Sigmund Freud to describe a process that involves a recollection of early childhood that may be falsely recalled or magnified in importance, One that perhaps masks another memory of deep emotional significance.
For this body of work I have focused my attention on the structured landscapes of Forests and pools for both the painterly and symbolic possibilities.
As a direct experience of nature and memory slowly disappears from our lives, we begin to view it in different ways, and as life becomes more complex and artificial, the longing for a return to a natural simplicity grows
By practicing patience and trusting the process of painting to reveal itself through the layered marks and the subtle build up of pigment, I hope to make discoveries not only about myself, but the world as I see it. Working with the fluid nature of memory and perception, leaving gaps and spaces within the paintings will allow room for certain discoveries to be made. Hopefully for truth and beauty to reveal itself.
CV & Education
2016 RWA Exhibition Bristol 27th sept - 27th Nov
2016 Correspond Ocean terminal Edinburgh 28th july -28th August
2016 Correspond Artworks Halifax 20th Feb - 20th March
2016 Spectrum The Herrick Gallery Mayfair London 2nd Feb -27th Feb
2015 The other Art fair Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London 15th - 19th Oct.
2015 Windsor and Newton Painting prize, Griffin Gallery, London july
2015 Newlyn Society of Artists exhibition Penwith Gallery St Ives May
2015 Winter Exhibition Hadfield Fine Art Cheltenham 14th Febuary- !st March
2014 New Horizons Porthminster Gallery St Ives 6th August - 11th October
2014 Correspond Turps Banana group show London 5th August- 11th August
2014 Tribe prize Edgar Modern Gallery Bath
2014 Showroom at the PZ Gallery Penzance
2014 Heseltine Gallery Flux Truro Cornwall
2013 Turps Banana , Cloud Chamber Mayors Parlour Gallery, London
2013 Hadfield Fine Art Autumn Exhibition Cheltenham
2013 April Affordable Art Fair (Bristol) Hadfield Fine Art
2012 Newlyn Society of Artists Christmas Crackers Helen Feiler Gallery Newlyn
2012 Launch Collective Crypt Galleries St Ives
2012 Newlyn Society of Artists ‘Colour Remains‘ Helen Feiler Gallery Newlyn
2012 Hadfield Fine Art Autumn Exhibition Cheltenham
2012 Open Space Galleries Autumn Exhibition Falmouth
2012 Elected member of Newlyn Society of Artists
2011 Royal West of England Academy 159th Autumn Exhibition Bristol
2011 Cornwall Contemporary Gallery Penzance
2011 Red Dot Group Show Falmouth
2011 University College Falmouth Degree Show
2011 Newlyn Society of Artists Print! Exchange Gallery Penzance
2010 A4 International Print Show Open Space Gallery, Penryn
2010 Red Dot Group Show Falmouth
2009 Royal West of England Academy Bristol, Autumn Exhibition
2009 Shortlisted R.A. Summer Exhibition
2008 2nd year group show Poly Falmouth
Bolton School of Art 1973-1976
Falmouth College of Art Foundation Course 2004 -2006
B.A ( Honours) Fine Art University College Falmouth 2006- 2011
Turps Banana corespondence course 2012 -2015
Fresh paint magazine issue 11
Turps Banana Spring 2014
British Vogue Jan. 2014
World of interiors september 2014