Central to my work are notions of transition and transformation that link to a strong sense of place both physical and psychological. Creatures of our environment, shaped by climate, geology and atmosphere. We are in transit from moment to moment negotiating and adapting to the demands of our immediate surroundings. Limited by our vision at any one moment we only know what we can see, everything else is fiction. Events beyond our vision are anecdotal and can only be imagined. We are alone but also vulnerable to a collective unconsciousness, that causes constant tiny shifts in our constructed axis of reality.
The process of painting is experienced here as a fictional layering of the past and present. Looking back at the viewer with a glimpse of something hidden, not yet known or experienced.
These recent ‘Post History’ paintings are for me a sad meditation on human extinction. Tinged with shame and regret I feel this coming event in the centre of myself. What have we done? Not one of us are exempt from the systematic trashing of our beautiful planet. On some level we know this but we are in the grip of something that is so monstrous we do not know how to begin to make it right.
So I make desperate heart felt offerings on canvas to what ever is lurking in the dark in an attempt to ward off manifestations of our selfish behaviour.
There is hope. But only in the certain knowledge that the planet will recover when we have gone. Feb 2018