It is suggested that someone who has seen and then becomes blind holds images in their mind for the rest of their lives. Unless, however, a thing perpetuates in their lives, in which case the visual information is replaced by current information on sound, touch etc. – the image is lost. On one hand, there is real live experience, which they have access to but cannot reduce to an image. On the other hand, there is an image of something lost, which is only kept alive by forsaking the original. My work considers the mysteries and mythologies of representation and imagemaking. Any kind of representation is an attempt at understanding the world, whether through science, diagram, photograph or myth. If the world itself is a hall of mirrors, (Baudrillard), then my escape is through entering into this pretence, this image; either into a positive engagement with an image as phenomenological material to be worked, or an engagement with the mythical white cube gallery space as sacrasant dream space for ‘image’, which then lends the hall of mirrors a reflected truth, a double negative. The materials I use are related to traditional skills of image making, be it whittling, photography, or silverpoint drawings. The promise of beauty and perfection that an image and its reduction of the world can render is accepted as a perfect dream, and so failure and loss is accepted as part of the process of making. But also accepted are the notions of the desire for perfection, for harnessed reality, and the mythology of those who create images of perfection, both romantically put forward and yet also acknowledged as simply a desire. This back and forth, between immersion and distantiation, dreaming and waking, romanticism and self-reflection, seduction and abstraction are central. Recurrent motifs include the romantic landscape and the storm (in relation to the oceanic), and flight or an escape from gravity (as an extension of the Bataillian/ Freudian notion of verticality as the route of culture and dreams).
Artist Bio / CV
Born Hertfordshire, England 1973 Education MA Fine Art at the Slade School of Art, London, graduated September 2006. BA Hons Visual Arts, at De Montfort University, Leicester, graduated in 1996. Part of this study included a 3 month exchange period at Belles Artes Academy, Seville. Group Exhibitions 2008, London/Centrum, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington 2008, Centrum Residency, Port Townsend, Washington 2007, Phase Space (curating and exhibiting), Brunswick Gallery, London 2007, Foldback, Reception Space, London 2007, Transformer (curating and exhibiting), Woburn Research Centre, London (www.trans-former.net) 2006, Jerwood Drawing Prize show, Jerwood Space, London 2006, Postgraduate Printmaking in London, Canary Wharf, London 2006, Film screening, Camden Arts Centre, London 2005, dayofdamagedgoods, Whitechapel Gallery, London 2005, performance-scope, Scope-London 2005, Incestuous Beginnings, Bloomsbury Theatre, London 1998, The Changing Face of London, Old Street, London Residencies 2008, Centrum residency, Port Townsend, Washington, USA Collections Ernst and Young Hull LIFT NHS Prizes, Scholarships and Awards 2006, Clare Winsten Memorial Award, Slade School 2005, AHRC 2005, Slade School Prize 2004 & 2005, Slade Project Awards 2004, South Square Trust Award