“My current body of architectural work encompassing abandoned theatres, shrines, factories, dwellings, and mountain shelters involves investigating interior and exterior emotions. A dwelling is about this central refuge within the imagination. My experience of assemblage of materials comes from living in London where recycling formed a creative way of thinking. Narrative is central to my ambition. By exploring the vessel as metaphor, pushing boundaries and discovering technically challenging ways of making, I can aim to bring together languages that expresses a painterly approach with expressive use of colour, line and texture. Mono printing on clay with newspaper, drawing with oxides and transferring images brings spontaneity to the working process.”
The marks and processes I use to create cracked stone walls, bricks, mud huts, painted walls and mono printed clay collages echo an unconscious urge to create pattern visually in a particular way whether I am making a shrine, a dwelling, a watchtower, an abandoned industrial factory, a former home infused with memories, these forms are all about a sense of identity and working in an individual way. I am a house” is about this central refuge within the imagination and an artist at work.
Making ceramics that move between art, sculpture, craft and painting is a challenge; I question how the art object, the vessel as object and the visual languages of these disciplines can be transposed in the nexus between these languages. I work in a painterly way using the clay vessel as an architectural structure and support for painting, coating the clay with a white ceramic slip - not dissimilar from priming a canvas before the application of the colour begins.
Recycling and regeneration in my work and has it`s roots in adolescence and growing up in London during the 1970`s. A time of psychedlia 1960-1975, Cult cinema ( National Film Theatre ), rock music ( Roundhouse ), Pop Art ( Serpentine ), shopping (Biba ), Kings road and Kings cross with it`s decaying Victorian buildings and council properties, London’s essential atmosphere and collective essence. Scraps of metal, ceramics, books, cardboard, kitsch, discarded objects would find their way into our home and community garden. There were many personal shrines and symbolic objects placed in meaningful ways that I came to appreciate how important the placing of objects was and how that impacted on the surrounding space.