“There’s no separation between self and other, and everything is interconnected.” Thich Nhat Hanh
From the architecture we inhabit to the building blocks of reality, my work surveys the visible and invisible structures that shape our shared and personal space.
I often return to the theme of home, regarding it as both a physical and psychological structure permeating all levels of experience. The domestic scenes portrayed in my paintings exist to embody the abstract concepts at their root.
The place we call home can feel like a sanctuary or a prison, whether it is made of bricks or brain cells. The tension and oscillation between opposites such as comfort and fear or peace and violence, plays out quietly in the sparsely furnished environments that I create.
Each painting begins as a scale model, which I then light and photograph to produce reference images. I make my own oil paints from natural earth pigments, using earth colours to evoke the literal and metaphysical ground from which everything arises and returns. Light plays a crucial role in my work, illuminating form and offering hope through the darkness. The decision to use a monochromatic colour palette is based on the premise that all things are fundamentally made of the same stuff: energy temporarily organised and experienced as solid matter, akin to a scene emerging from an arrangement of paint.
Ongoing questions fuel my work: when internal perceptions, thoughts and feelings are inseparable from external actions and their effects, where are the boundaries at which our responsibilities begin and end? How do we aspire to have peace in the world while struggling to find peace in our own minds? Can we take time out, to nurture and solidify the ground on which our structures are precariously built?