The subject matter is multi-layered and inter-twined across the different paintings within the group. The figures in the landscapes are ‘characters’ or psychological ‘models’ which I relate to on some level and which I feel allude to certain universal primitive states which are perhaps only thinly disguised by the social veneer. For me they exist in spaces familiar to the collective imagination; where public and private worlds come together and form a confluence of the comic and the tragic; the beautiful and the grotesque.
I see the world as being full of fictional characters wandering around trying to fit into their own stories (although I have an interest in philosophical solipsism, I believe this view is informed by a more externalised and rational perception of realism versus idealism and how this affects individual identity).
Sources for the work are: childhood memory, media images, photographs, literature and imagination.
Through the paintings I aim to find a place between the reality and fiction of the subject matter so that the image has a life of its own. By experimenting with the representational elements of the work and allowing the paint to become the subject of the image, I aim to disrupt the conventions and expectations of representation.