Engagement with the discarded, unwanted and accidental triggers curiosity, a hint of an idea, a glimpse of possibilities. I collect, catalogue, make notes, record, photograph and scan. Sometimes taking apart and extracting the details that draw…. I see the latent beauty.
I re-visit these images and collections, investigating the source materials, experimenting with paint, ink and processes. Combining and retracting I make connections and build up layers, exploring for depth and analysing for balance. Utilising a range of digital, printmaking and 3D techniques, and different processes, I assemble and construct the work. I use vibrant colour and metallic elements to enhance and stimulate the discarded, unwanted and accidental with a renewed energy and vitality. Adding darker tones for drama and contrast, the graphic elements providing the definitive cohesion.
Inspiration comes from many sources; being gifted some amazing electron microscope photographic plates of crystal diffraction, like small X-rays, (my daughter – a science graduate _ was decluttering), I made the ‘Diffraction Series’.
Similarly, the almost accidental, shadowy photograph taken of the rooks at dusk, and the discovery of the circuitry in a keyboard, motivated the result of ‘Rooks’ and ‘Circuit’.
My background in Furniture Design and Realisation also influences my practice, the series of work ‘Building Reliefs’ employing the found materials directly, creating distinctively raised 3D pieces.
Currently I am working on a second series of ‘Electron-Microscopic’ pieces and planning a large Building Relief. As well as generating some new designs I am also completing the final details for the production of the soon to be available ‘Sewing Tool Pouch’. Watch this space……