Introduction

THE WORK

 

Unsure of how to connect my experiences and emotions to my art work, I began to work quietly and make human forms.

These forms began to represent a theme around ‘the broken self’.

Reflecting on my work at this point, I can identify that wider societal drivers are underpinning my current practice.

Working with both vulnerable adults and children within a variety of institutional settings I have witnessed silenced voices within complex structures fuelling this theme.

Time spent making this work involves using conventional life drawing work to engage myself in close human observation; embedding a rigorous discipline in my work, alongside the bringing together of multiple surfaces through collaging old work, scratching and cutting. This uncompromising abrasive approach allows me to connect and access deep juxtaposed human emotions such as vulnerability and resilience. The immediacy of my emotional response is evidenced in the final form.

 

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