Narratives, local histories and myths
My practice is based on reproduction, reconfiguration and souvenirs. The reproductions I create focus on entwining existing works and objects with aspects of life in modern day society. Recently I have focused my interests towards hierarchical and fantastical subjects of monarchy and noble folk as well as the narrative. My work is derived globally from a cross – cultural mix of folklore, slang and imaginary alternative secret societies with its roots to date based alongside traditional Dutch, Spanish, English, French, Italian, Swedish and Japanese portraiture.
My work includes collage, digital manipulation, photography, sculpture and sound, exploring the possibilities of extracting stories of the imaginary, of mythology. My practice involves reconfiguring existing works through the 2 dimensional form and moving them forward into a 3 dimensional realm with an openness to expose myself to other ways of working.
My practice tends to be multi – layered. My practice concerns the everyday in terms of hierarchy, taste and status derived from snippets of conversation. The mediums that I use are also a deliberate mix of high and low - brow. The mix of good quality and everyday cheap materials sit awkwardly or perhaps comfortably alongside the glitz of sequins and glitter.
The titles of the works are also symbolic. These are reworked versions of overheard snippets of everyday conversations. The language used has been deliberately selected and translated for hierarchical ‘taste’ referencing and the texts chosen to title the pieces are amalgamated within the narrative also.
I am constantly looking at new ideas of how, where and what to show regarding new work and I am interested particularly in the non - physical route as well as the physical. I currently see my work as becoming extensively global in terms of this way of working (i.e. the Internet) and I intend to travel extensively worldwide. My practice involves the constant use of the Internet in terms of making and exposing work.
I am interested in the role of technology in art – making and exposure as well as the authorship in the practice of contemporary art. I am also interested in the need for the physicality of making and showing work.