Gesture is a common theme in my work; my work being largely about people, on a physical and psychological level. I am a multi-disciplinary and experimental artist, keen to use both traditional and contemporary techniques and I often solicit ideas and help from people to aid the creation of my work. Human culture is a large theme in my work with particular interest in cultural interpretation, nationality, mass media and ritualism. The workings of the human mind are things that have also shaped my work. I am interested in psychology, stereotypes and memetics. People's judgement is often affected by over-weighing the importance of negatives, or over-weighing the value of causality. In my work, I respond to these ideas challenging assumptions on art, media, and heritage.
Clichés and the subversion of clichés are major and recurring themes in my work. Clichés and stereotypes form in the human mind for very good reasons: they are an inseparable part of human thinking. I am ambivalent to clichés: I am averse to tired, old ideas, yet I acknowledge the need for repetition in art. Originality is a concept embedded in the notion of great art yet truly original work is something not often easily welcomed. Labels such as Contemporary, Traditional and Commercial arbitrarily create divisions in art and I am greatly interested by the notion art is only contemporary if it looks contemporary. This idea should be ridiculous but I think clichés serve a huge function as markers to show how one should interpret a piece of art. I like to play with this concept. I love the idea of making work that shirks easy categorisation. …Read More