Drawing is a vehicle for exploring ideas, to extend into other media & as an end in itself. My practice slips between photography drawing & painting. I tell myself to draw until you paint. I am interested in perceptual experience and my work expresses the poetic sensibility of impermanence. I am exploring the optical effects of light, as this phenomena transforms the illusory perception of objects and the pictorial space they inhabit. I am also interestedin the performative aspect of art-making, in staging still life events for perceptual story telling. I feel a direct connection with the simplicity of oil on paper & I enjoy the fluidity of working on semi-transparent polyester film.
Considering the visual symbols used in 17thC Vanitas, I was searching for a ubiquitous universal symbol that spoke to the everyday & the contemporary. Discarded plastic objects found on city streets, op shops & in recycling bins suggest more than just the overlooked stuff of everyday life. Slipping between the photographic & the hand made image, I bring my knowledge of staging still life objects for the camera, to my practice in drawing & painting. I am creating still life images of plastic objects, staging them on reflective surfaces, to create the illusion of water (plastic in the ocean) and to suggest the notion of uncertainty.Using diluted oil paint on semi-transparent polyester film helps me to achieve the luminance I am looking for in the plastic still life. I am creating images that suggest the photographic. I am interested in creating a stilled space where audiences can engage with bigger questions about the natural world and our relationship with it.