Artists Statement

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I am a conceptually representational painter and installation artist, working within a narrative that questions perceptions of art and the conditions of painting. My work combines found objects, manipulated semiotics and painterly language to create installations of component artworks that aim to question our perceptions of the things we are looking at and the ways we are looking at them. Paying homage to the composite art form, with a systematic unpicking and critique of the the modern obsession with consumption and possession; The objectification of painting.

Juxtaposing intentional composition with incidental form equalises traditional hierarchies of art and allows new conditions to take form. Presenting the ‘everyday’ in art to create a complexly minimal spatial presentation of objects, depicting sequences of actions that echo the relationship between painting and performance.

I collect unwanted artworks, materials, and actions derived from the process of other artists, using base materials that contain the imprint of other authors. Utilising the ‘useless’, diverting their purpose, allowing the materials to exceed and reject their definition, while extending their potentiality and limitations. Objects and assemblages combine objective observations of art with its raw materials; a natural narrative that hovers between the unexpressed but intended and the unintentionally expressed.

Examining the functional object in painting.
Invoking the dialogue within value.
Re-presenting artefact.
(Re)signifying value.

My practice represents the process of making, and re-presents that process to the viewer, beginning new conversations between materials, viewer and space.

I am a perceptual artist, who creates installations designed to inspire questions, movement and interactions. Challenging perceptions through a filter of aesthetic values and the interruption of conventional assumptions. Shifting the context of expectations through a process of reviewing, reconstructing, and responding.

I think the most important element is the challenge to look at things differently; to see the narrative in the questioning of ‘Art’. After all; Which is more real the object or the way we frame it?

My purpose is to create things that allow this to happen, they don't only represent the idea, they are the idea.  
Without them there is no idea.