My narrative paintings follow on from ideas of using the mirror as a motif which denigrates the gazer as blinkered or blind, seeing nothing but oneself (trapped within - unaware of the outside world). These paintings attempt to represent the impotence to all other concerns, taking vanity to an extreme condition.
Recently my work shares a similar reflective quality, having exchanged the mirror for moon imagery - inspired from such sources as Larkin's poem, "Sad Steps". This cold face stares back at us - a constant reminder of our preoccupation with mortality and like the mirror, provides nothing except our self indulgent selves.
It is often said that artists, whatever their medium use the one/same theme throughout their lives. If that applies to me I would say it is all about communication - or more precisely, lack of communication. My past work has figures or heads in isolation, (they are now being framed in boxes to further cut them off) using such motifs as mirrors for narcissists or using metaphors for blindness etc. The latest motif is the moon's face which arises largely from Larkin's poem "Sad Steps". He writes of a cold face which stares back - reflecting his youth/reminding him of his mortality.
I like this idea that a moon has so many connotations such as old pop songs and romantic poetry, yet all that the face is our own reflection staring back at us, showing us nothing but ourselves - we see nothing outside ourselves. Millions of years ago the moon of course was once of our world and is now an independent sphere no longer a part of us - a metaphor in a metaphor there. The moon is a beautiful sight which in fact awes and inspires us - this Larkinesque interpretation shows us only part of what we are - it would be trite of me to declare anything which sums up the whole human. Any work of art is only a small detail of the whole human experience.
One of my many fears has always been this idea of being abandoned in outer space - the stuff of science fiction nightmares. To be thousands of miles from a human voice or face, just floating in the vast void. Again I am fascinated with all aspects of space, the beauty and scientific ideas and interpretations and science fiction films and novels. Yet this moon is alone up there - man doesn't even visit anymore, it's the ultimate clichéd desert island. So any time I use the moon image it represents for me a viewer's gaze staring at oneself and being cut off from the world - there is no communication, no love for others - a displacement from the outside world.
Born in 1968
Foundation course, Falmouth School of Art
B.A. in Art and Related Art, Chichester University
2003 First Prize Winner, Stride Open Exhibition, Chichester Centre of Arts
2004 West Stoke House
2003 Watching the Moon Landings, Havant Art Centre
2002 Harbour Lights, Southampton
Ashcroft Art Centre, Fareham
Blank Canvas Design, Affordable Art Fair, London
Brighton Art Fair
Chichester Centre for the Arts
Four Man Show, West Stoke House, Chichester
Battersea Art Fair
Brighton Artists Gallery, Brighton
Foundation Programme, Synergy Gallery, Brighton
Gallery Kaleidoscope, London
Stride Open Exhibition, Chichester Centre of Arts
Three Man Show, Chichester Centre of Arts
Battersea Art Fair
Mountbatten Gallery, Portsmouth, England
Lymington Art Gallery and Museum
Christmas Exhibition, L'Artichaut Gallery, Chichester
Edes House, Chichester
Towards the Millennium, Artsway Art Gallery, Sway, England
Edes House, Chichester, England
It's May, L'Artichaut Gallery, Chichester
Diverse January Show, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury, England