Freelance Abstract Artist based in Horsham. Available for commissions and teaching workshops with children and adults.
Capital Theatre - Horsham
HAOS Art Fair
Open Art Exhibition Virtual Gallery
July 8th-9th and 15th-16th 2017
Horsham Artist's Open Studios
ArtOne - Degree Show
Otter Gallery – Bump 'n Grind Exhibition
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My work is created using twisted and folded pieces of canvas and muslin laid onto the canvas base. The surface of the fabric is textured with peaks and troughs, nooks and crannies. These provide areas of dark and light on the paintings. The folding of the fabric and application of paint create optical effects. The work plays with how the eye can misread what is in front of us.
In the dark I have seen a bunch of daffodils and thought it was a cat sitting looking at me and did not realise my error until I got close and suddenly I saw the daffodils and not the cat. I could see either the daffodils or the cat but I could not see the daffodils and the cat at the same time.
I could share many moments like this. The way in which our eyes and brain connect to read images in the world around us fascinates me. My intention is for the viewer to contemplate the work to decipher how the paintings are put together.
The effect of colour dramatically changes the work. I utilize areas of colour theory to create a ‘push and pull’ off the surface. Blue tones pushing back and red tones pulling forward. I play with how the interaction of colour and space occur within the composition.
I’ve had an obsession with things that don’t match ever since I can remember, so I often bring in something unexpected, a colour that doesn’t match, for instance. Perfectly imperfect has a credibility and realness about it that I can identify with and believe.
The twists and folds of the fabric work to hide and to reveal. They act as metaphors for the seen and unseen. The contrasts in the straight geometric lines of the folded canvas and the fluid lines of the muslin create tension between control and chaos and act as metaphors for the kind of struggles we experience in day to day life.
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