My painting operates between abstraction and representation. In this elastic, spongy borderline there is potential to carve out a territory that both employs the languages of abstract painting and de-familiarizes its conventions. Paint allows me to produce ambiguous spaces that are never definite and situate themselves slightly askew, in a questioned reality.
My work looks into everyday, common spaces. These spaces can be in my immediate surroundings, such as the studio, but, they can also be 'non-places'; places, which are part of our daily commute, and are not experienced as places, but once looked at, often have a remarkable oddness and offer up much to investigate. These “non-places” are bypassed and their space is not experienced as a place. I address these anonymous spaces within the everyday and (wish to) enliven their facelessness with some potential for confrontation with issues of time, looking and interpretation or even just a pause. I would like to open up for the viewer a space where time is slowed down and experiences evoked in my paintings are re-triggered in their daily life.
I feel that I am trying to create works that integrate both a masculine and a feminine viewpoint and sensibility through delicacy of touch and sensitivity to my medium and also through my relationship to my source material. When I am painting, I feel alive and totally engaged in the present moment. In each painting I do, I am investing time, labour, experience, building muscle memory. Painting takes in these physical efforts and creates a space to give back. It offers the chance to leave behind something that can be de-coded. What you share with the world is what you leave behind, it is your record of your experience and your presence here, this is what you give back for your time lived.
“To try meticulously to retain something, to cause something to survive, to wrest a few scraps from the void, as it grows, to leave a furrow, a trace, a mark, or a few signs”.
Georges Perec, Species of Space.