ARTIST STATEMENT

 

I want my objects to do something.

I believe they are paintings one carries into the battlefield.

 

My practice conflates personal sentiments with art historical narratives and the energy of rebellious youth cultures. I am interested in the expanded field of painting as a space of questioning surfaces: by reflecting on their contexts and being sensitive to the feelings form evoke. Surfaces carry histories and ideologies in their texture, colour and shape; and I am looking at the everyday abstraction that happens between form and its social context. My work responds to moments in art history such as minimalism and geometric abstraction while relating it to issues of violence, desire and value.

 

I work across various mediums making: destroyed metal paintings, collage, bleached and dyed textile. By using techniques of distress, patchwork and staining, I am recharging an aesthetics of disempowerment and failure. It is a potential latent in the scar, the fray, the poverty of colours which I see as both form and sign. My objects take on new meanings and contexts in the gestures of: creating depth by defacing the minimalist pristine surface; fashioning a modernist painting from the fabric of everyday chaos; constructing new symbols and personalities. Therefore, to make a painting or to put a garment on one’s body is as much an opportunity for beauty and expressivity, as it is to engage in the political.

 

 

The attitude carried is a statement about power, defiance and possibility.