An archive of selected projects including exhibitions, film, stop motion animation and charity work.
From Lines Solo Exhibition - Dec 2019
Venue website: sunsetstudiopeckham.com
Site directions: www.copelandpark.com/map/?location=c4
I use ‘From Lines’ to describe my method of portrait composition involving a rapid, instinctive marker pen line while holding the idea of ‘portrait’ in my mind. This immediately delineates both the composition and gestural energy of the body. So rather than carry out the formation of an imagined image or a view from life, these works start from lines that are freed from intention, an approach pioneered by surrealism’s automatic drawing, particularly Joan Miro. But the next stage is not automatic painting. I look to see how the pattern of the drawing would act as a notion for a portrait. Mark making borrowed from Frank Auerbach; the application, scraping off and reworking of oil paint then fleshes a figure onto the ‘bones’ of the first line. The aim is that the finished character is not one that was designed but was born.
Not all works in the show start with a marker pen line, but none had a final image in mind when applying the first mark. The approach is closer to sculpture in that the malleable oil paint is laid down before the form is modelled from the material.
This evolution process is even more present in my stop motion animations. Working on the same canvas, every frame requires a constant adding, moving and removing of material in tiny increments without an end point in mind to push the resulting film closer to a natural phenomenon than a narrative sequence.
This search for form through the inner logic of the materials was influenced by research for my art history thesis on Francis Bacon who attempted to drag figuration out of a series of asignifying marks. I hold Cezanne’s determination to ‘paint forces’ firmly in mind. This is most clearly expressed in my painting ‘A Massing’, where each brush stroke is in a gravitational dance with each other.
Thank you to Cottia Thorowgood, Steph Lowe, Kirstie Little (Giles Miller Studio) Lizzie Lowe, Ian Lowe, Alex Rimmer and Ester Eyre for their support in this project.
Films and Stop Motion Animation - 2017-18
Stills from Animation Showreel 2017
"I See You" Live visuals
Stills from "I See you", visuals for Elkka's art installation and single release party hosted by Femme Culture on 25/11/2017
Thick Skin - 2016
Thick Skin is a project working with people with acute dermatitis and psoriasis in collaboration with the British Skin Foundation. The proposed exhibition will illustrate to the participating case studies that there is beauty in the forms created by their condition. Working with various charities, the event will be a touchstone for debate on body image anxiety in various forms of media thereby raising awareness of the physical and psychological effects of skin disease.
If you suffer from an acute skin condition and would like to participate in this project or have any questions please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.