My inherent impulse to make art is often a vehicle for thinking deeply. For me, making work is a fusion of spiritualism, cognitive science, psychology and philosophy but in a practical and physical sense.
I am involved with the idea that you can paint or draw something terribly complex and through making it, it becomes nothing. I often seek this absence though a process that involves intense scrutiny.
Invariably, my work is on the cusp of both abstract and figuration – a place where observation turns inwards. For me, energy is fundamental: the dominant energy resides in empty space. In the balancing up between abstraction and figuration, it is the absence or negative space that activates the artwork, yet also makes it unstable.
The findings I’ve made from engaging in this type of process resonate with concerns in science: I connect with the idea that the artist operates as a self -referencing system made up of processes, where thinking occurs through the body and processes are in effect, self-enactive.
This exchange of process and energy leads to continual transformation, and my ability to grow through making work is what keeps me absorbed in this process. The immersion in making creates a space for awareness to develop authentic self and create internal growth. I often make this internal growth a distinct element of an art work or the curation of it, through mapping, modelling, narrating. I have faith in transmitting these ideas through the artwork my drawings, painting, sculptures and installation.