I truly hope to evoke emotion, I hope to create work that is conceptual and encourages reflection or introspection. I feel strongly about mental health, the search for enlightenment and the state of our consumer society.
My work must be created in a state of flow, it is intuitive and spontaneous. Too much planning tends to make creation feel unnatural and this can show in the piece. The work submitted here forms part of a collection that touches on greed, gluttony and wanting or desire. Apart from being major issues in society and the root cause of so many problems, these are themes I’ve intimately explored and continue to explore in my own mind and behaviour. When desire is gone, suffering ends. Superficial desires can never be satisfied, this can only bring suffering.
The two portrait paintings were painted last year when I just started exploring figurative work and was very inspired by primitive art’s patterns and mark making, scarification, but also pop culture for the same reason, such as prison tattoos and street art.
I recently gave up my career and downscaled to pursue art full time. When I was young I cannot remember a time I wasn’t doing art, when I grew up the advice everyone was giving me was do not pursue art as a career and I ended up going into design. Design became digital, became UX, became business and I ended up very unhappy and unfulfilled. I started painting again at the end of 2019 and discovered you do in fact lose it if you don’t use it, I’m still trying to find it. I took my first ceramics class in November 2020 and it was love at first pinch pot. Art has helped me calm my troubled mind, heal from grief and find purpose.
I create unique paintings and sculptures with various mediums, but my love is clay. I feel that every piece of clay has its own little soul and character and I want this to come through in the final piece. I like the naive look of handbuilding and the aesthetic appeal of the imperfections. I prefer the work to be as close to the raw materials as possible and seldom use glaze. I am inspired by ancient art, primitive art and pop culture.
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