The focus of my work is on developing a visual language that results from a subconscious response to informed decision making. My process often begins with a strict set of rules or parameters to guide the work. These limitations could be based on materials, scale, colour or a specific type of imagery that suggests a certain narrative. From here, I work to deconstruct, transform and challenge this original structure through the process of collage, painting, printmaking and digital manipulation. Utilising these mediums in an intuitive and responsive way, leads to new discoveries and endless variations in form. With these methods that allow for an immediate and instinctive reaction to each phase of the process, I’m interested in finding the space between abstraction and representation. My work aims to create tension between the two rather than polarising each.
This series began with a library of images that suggest the idea of strangeness and wonder in our natural environment. Illustrated and photographed forms were screen printed onto Japanese rice paper and cut up into collage materials used to compose small abstractions.