This collection has been generated by my fascination for deconstructing cardboard boxes and packing materials. I am so intrigued by the design work that goes into a simple box, its tabs, folds and function. The texture of the cardboard itself, either smooth, corrugated, or anything else in-between. And then there are the printed elements that are either embossed or flat. Who could resist any of that!
Playing with various boxes, I built a rich new surface to paint on. Embracing the raw edges that come off the canvas, and the variations in types and thicknesses of the cardboard. I was also mindful of the printed materials which can leave unexpected embedded secret language beneath the surface.
My next challenge was to try and not over shadow this beautiful potential chaos. I evolved this series by keeping a simple color palette and focusing on line quality and strong dominate forms.
My intention with my art making is to take everyday detritus from our apparently average lives, and build sculptural forms and paintings to honor our shared experiences and connections. My aim is to make beautiful messy imperfections reflecting life’s journey of discovery whilst being grounded in the mundane.
I was born and educated in England, and I have lived on the Eastside of Seattle since 2001.
I consider myself a lifelong artist, and from an early age I surrounded myself with art making. My mother and grandmother were both artists, their skills were often put to use in a more practical and domestic environment, but their approach to life instilled in me creative possibilities in everyday objects and situations.
I gained qualifications in Civil Engineering, but my passion has always been for art making, and engagement in community based arts interactions.
I am a process driven artist. My work is generated in response to the materials that I use together with the techniques and processes that I have developed. I am interested in texture and surface and playing with nonprecious unconventional materials.
I court contrast and contradiction, and continually challenge myself to explore new methods of working. I thrive on attempting to harness the potential chaos of the unknown during the creative process of making abstraction.
I surrender to the rules of chance and natural intuition as I make and play.