In my work I present imagined renderings of different parallel dimensions. In a haze-like state, the paintings, drawings and tuftings presents imagery of the physical, the energetic and the realities that create ’world’. The description of these dimensions is fluctuating, going in and out of abstraction.
I enjoy working with surfaces and layers, using the paint as my material to sculpt. Sculpting both as in physical volume and as in a visual sculpting using colours and brush marks. Tufting created an interesting point in my work during my two last years of my BFA. Before then I had seen the white of the paper I worked on not as an empty void but as an existing space in itself, and by that point I had started to think about focusing more on the white space of the paper which usually held the background in my drawings and paintings.
Tufting turned out to be the perfect challenge to change my perception of this since it forced me to fill that void of the whole image. Since then I have realised how much my drawing, painting and tufting feeds into each other.
The energy I like to create in my work is a state of ’high pitched’ energy mixed with a hint of confusion. I enjoy the friction it can create in me being mindful whether that confusion creates a tension that I enjoy or if it’s something to hide behind in a state of obscurity or uncertainty. Lately I have realised that I prefer it when I make one piece of work in one sitting, and that I have to be very focused when I make that work. Especially for phrases or ideas for titles that pop up. I find it very hard to put titles on work where I don’t remember what I was thinking about or where I was (physically or mentally). An example of this is ‘Guess what I’m thinking about!!’ that I made in the first week of Covid-19 reaching the UK and we could all feel the energy starting to bubble of anxiety and confusion.
I am enjoying more and more to work with my titles. I want them to work as an anchor in what I imagine the work to present or represent. It can be a fraction of it, or something more clear. But I prefer to not have something too descriptive because I want the viewer to not feel like there’s a ”right” answer to what it is. I aim to feel empowered in this kind of uncertainty and at the moment I do, that there can be several answers or keys to enter the work. But it is a fine line of course between inviting people in with a little clue and to create a sense of alienation through confusion, but this is a tension I am enjoying to work with at the moment. I am also trying to not worry too much about the titles being grammatically correct, to have English as a second language presents me with an opportunity to enjoy playing with words.