Transpecies. The evolution of animals and humans.
Equality between nature and humans.
Animals resisting human encroachment.
Inspirations and Ideas
I am constantly inspired by animals, nature, pattern and color.
I explore the relationship between animals and humans and animals and their environment. I also brings to life true stories of misbehaved animals, animal mythology and the desire for the equitable merging of humans and nature. Through this work I hope to celebrate the greater appreciation of the
unending bind of humans and nature. But my work always has a mischievous, humorous quality and fills people with joy.
After initial sketches I work largely organically to build out the piece in many layers. I have a large supply of materials in my studio to grab and place spontaneously. I work intuitively with no real plan, letting the work evolve. There is a lot of tearing and reworking areas, adding more and more layers until I am happy with the result.
Recently I have been exploring adding more 3D elements to the work, either through the building of sculptural paper elements or physically extending the piece from the wall.
Materials and their sources are highly important to me. My work is mostly made from found papers, old publications, posters and even picking things up off the street. Growing up in a modern “planned community” I have always delighted in being a scavenger of the old and the smallest scrap of paper could be the highlight of my day.
I feel that my scavenging of materials in animalistic. It is also important to me to produce artwork from these found articles, creating something from the debris of humans.
Working organically I also introduce other material elements such as fabric, wood, thread, metal, acrylic, ink, plaster and resin.