Artist Statement, November 2020
I have a strong affinity for pattern, sentimental objects, botanical specimens, insects, birdlife and found items such as interesting seed pods, feathers and sculls. Still life painting is the genre where my ideas and findings enjoy full expression. For me there is poetry in exploring how objects relate and create interesting visual connections when placed in proximity to each other. My camera is an important tool in this process and, over time, I’ve accumulated a library of digital photographs. With the aid of digital tools and collage, I’m able to generate endless new compositions.
In the past my works were more traditional in the sense that I tried to render a complete three-dimensional space. A few years ago, I started using flat lay photography and Trompe-l’oeil style compositions, thereby creating a more contemporary feel in my work.
My current body of work is focused on the mirroring of my digital collages. I had been pondering the process for quite some time, but the feelings of impending chaos and uncertainty brought about by the pandemic prompted me into action. In the new works there is a strong reference to Rorschach cards, which are traditionally used by psychiatrists to determine the underlying psychological state of a patient. My aim was to reverse its often grim associations, where the mirrored image becomes a manifestation of all the things I yearn for: hope, focus, growth, healing, and grace.
The final works executed in oil on canvas act as little tributes to life, renewal, growth and abundance.