Statement

My work investigates exterior and interior perspective, influenced by architecture and the built environment, specifically high-rise, contemporary and metropolitan structures. The exploration of composition and the configuration of structures and their component parts, are presented as abstract three-dimensional art works, which investigate a dialogue between form, abstraction, pattern, rhythm and balance.

The dynamic presence and sculptural qualities of the work have strong architectonic characteristics and play with ideas around transformation, making reference to interlocking elements that present a quiet and still energy and endless possibilities.

The exploration of line and colour results in geometrical pattern making, where the surface geometry is exaggerated and accentuated to transform the external space of the work. Multiple perspectives, planes, angles and edges play with notions of depth, distance and direction.

Scale plays an important part in the intimacies and meaning of each piece which can be displayed both individually and collectively. As a group they maintain their original qualities but simultaneously appear to communicate with each other to offer new realities which amplify that dialogue. I predominately use white, black and brown as my colour palette with the subtle use of blue and turquoise; as this reflects the more natural state of what I am interested in.

The art of practice and the process of making are important, including the methods of abstraction and interpretation, the intricate application of surface pattern and texture, and pushing the physical limits of the material.

Technical

Each slab built piece is constructed with coloured clay that has been decorated with coloured slips using stencils. The pattern of the stencils are made using a mixture of different techniques to get the desired line, then hand cut, giving the ability to add or subtract different layers. Each piece is fired once up to 1120 d/c in an electric kiln.

I use computer technology which allows me to experiment more freely, to manipulate perspective, line, form, and the size of pattern templates. The use of metal bolts enables me to use individual pieces as building blocks, creating larger, more complex and intricate structures, while still adhering to my original ideas.