My paintings take their cue from the rapid expansion of the urban landscape, surveying a curiosity and fascination with the built environment and a concern for the nature that surrounds us.
Considering most of our time is spent in the city, these spaces inform and influence us. A need for stability manifests itself through an attraction to structure. A sense of order is established through line, grid, and repetition, assuming pattern and stability. But this suggests that life unfolds linearly, that we take the same unconscious routes among clearly defined paths and that there is an order between our experience and the people we come into contact with. Art reflects the human mind and spirit, intuition and behaviour, perhaps more spontaneous encounters that reside outside of these assumed patterns of activity.
My most recent body of work, This is a Love Story, confronts the ideas and structures we put into place in order to protect ourselves from uncertainty. Dreamscapes are collaged together using the everyday, often seen as banal, to evoke a philosophical reading of the ever-expanding metropolis; how we build represents what we value. Matter and choice embed themselves in the layers of the earth and the strata of human history. What I am interested in far surpasses prefabricated concrete slabs constructed to contain and instead examines the foundations of Being. When integrated with nature, the city’s infrastructure acts as a space for contemplation; the individual and collective journey, and the act of rebuilding.
Link to Graduate Thesis:
Creating Structure: The Complexity of Making, Dwelling, and Being. http://hdl.handle.net/2429/76281