Artist Statement

Art encompasses a huge spectrum embracing many facets of technique, delivery and presentation, from the old masters of Rembrandt through to the more contemporary creations of Louise bourgeois and Berlinde de Bruyckere and covers a wide range of mediums from painting, print, performance and sculpture to craft, video and textiles. The one aspect that any of these creations should have in common is to provoke a reaction in the viewer. That reaction may be on a continuum that ranges from disgust and loathing through hope and anticipation to love and enjoyment, the aim being that art should awaken its audience to the reality of their own existence.

This is why I feel, as an artist it is necessary for me to find a means of expressing what it is to be human. Through developing my drawing and sculptural work I feel that everything I create should relate, not just to me emotionally, but to those who look at my work. In creating my visceral sculptures I demonstrate the fragility of the human condition within pieces of bones from what were once living animals. In using this material to create my sculpture, I am encapsulating the sensation of existing within the mortal flesh and bodies we are bound to. I feel that when I am producing a piece of artwork, I am looking at how I can re-create the mental form of “body” by making it have a physical presence within my work.

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