My work concerns the nature of being and the certainty of change, informed by profound life experiences and a desire to share with others what is most important to me. My interest is specifically in the quotidian experience of life, lived in a state of constant flux (often obliviously). I have explored the concept of change through the subject matter of edges and surfaces disrupted by human action, between moments and places, the place of change, the precarious line between one condition and another. Ben Highmore’s (2011) account is most appropriate.
‘Everything can become everyday, everything can become ordinary: it is our greatest blessing, our most human accomplishment, our greatest handicap, our most despicable complacency.’
I invest time in careful pencil drawings of the everyday, ordinary and overlooked in our immediate environment in order to call attention to the present moment. I love the act of drawing; time is slowed in absorption while hours fly by, the process and outcome are an invitation to spend more time looking. Through the examination and rendering of interstitial places and by focusing attention on a moment, a detail, I aim to produce work that conveys and elicits an embodied experience, evoking the sense of touch.
Drawing helps me to make sense of the world, it reminds me what is most important, it is the means to know and understand, a reminder to make the most of every moment and an endeavour that exercises control over the chaos. I continue to research and investigate what Merleau Ponty (1945) describes as the ‘thickness of the world’.