I am a painter and printmaking working primarily with acrylic on canvas, watercolour and etching. My work concerns colour relationships and I am also very interested in how the physicality of the medium and process itself informs the outcome. The everyday and literal, both the literalness of the everyday experience and of the medium/process itself, are sources of inspiration as are music and words. I try to express feeling without overt gesture, illustration or narrative.
For the past six months I have been working as their artist-in-residence at The Creekside Centre, Deptford and have produced a series of acrylic paintings, watercolours and prints. The residency is based around the idea of a medieval Book of Hours. Books of Hours were designed to be used at various times of the day and were also a type of calendar marking the passage of the year. They were a daily reminder of mortality and death. Creekside is a centre for ecology and conservation and the residency has given me the chance to work in real time during the course of a year. Wildlife clings tenaciously to the edges of the city directly echoing the layout of a Book of Hours where there is so much life, sometimes very subversive, in the margins. I have been using this idea as a structure for my work. A tragic aspect of their work at Creekside has been bearing witness to the disappearance of vast areas of wildlife habitat around the Creek, due to rampant redevelopment. I had thought that the passing of time and changing seasons/the calendar would be the dominant themes for my time there, however, disappearance, loss and death have become implicit in my experience.
CV & Education
2009 - DEPTFORD QUATRAINS, The Creekside Centre, Deptford, London
2009 - Artist-in-Residence, The Lee Shau Kee School Of Creativity, Hong Kong
2009 - Milton's Comus And The Ghosts Of Trees, LB Southwark and Willmott Dixon, Comus Place/Townsend Street Elephant and Castle