Three knots, 2017. Cotton and string, framed in abachi wood 18x26cm.
Three knots signify the three stages of birth, life, death. Appearing randomly within this semi woven piece, they join up pieces of cotton, linking each stage to the next.
"You are not an artist simply because you paint or sculpt or make pots that cannot be used. An artist is a poet in his or her own medium.
And when an artist produces a good piece, that work has mystery, an unsaid quality; it is alive."
Something to aim for!
I think my artwork has morphed into a moon of sorts. With its textural cratered surface, it has moved away from the soft household cottons it was originally woven and wrapped with.
Maybe it's with Halloween approaching it wanted to pretend to be a ghostly moon 🌚👻. Moonshape, cotton and acrylic paint. 2017
Work in progress.
Life is fragile. It is ongoing, often repetitive, cyclical and uncertain but it can be over in a flash.
I am interested in how art can embrace and acknowledge this, whilst also bringing joy and wonder to our lives. That magical moment when a painting or installation or even a humble piece of pottery can truly spark a reaction in ourselves.
I might be aiming for this as an artist, but which artists or works of art have provoked this feeling for you?
Untitled Cotton and canvas 2017
I work with many mediums as an artist, but I am mostly drawn to domestic materials. These can be textiles, parchment paper, string or any other found materials that catch my eye.
Sometimes I just need a day off to refresh my senses, that's when I get out the paints. Whether painting directly onto paper or canvas, or creating blocks to make monoprint from, I find using paint therapeutic.
Yesterday I visited the Jasper Johns exhibition @Royalacademyarts in London and his expressive use of hick textured encaustic paint really got me inspired. But I also loved how he used so many different mediums and materials, he wasn't afraid to experiment.
Which artists do you admire who use different mediums?
Developing a series can be a challenging process. Understanding what works about one piece and exploring it.
With this piece I like that the weaving is completely finished, suggesting that the viewer needs to look more closely at the detail to fully appreciate the work.
I feel the domestic materials lend it tenderness and vulnerability.
Traces (No.2) 2017. Linen and latex yarn.