Mixed Media on Cedar Blocks.
18 x 29 cms.
I’m obsessed with patterns. They’re everywhere. The rhythms and forces of nature create patterns all around us on every scale, from the microscopic to the cosmic. We’re made up of them ourselves. The human brain, uniquely, seems wired to understand and recreate these recurring structures. Order out of chaos! Coastlines, weather systems and gardens; maps, mazes and manuscripts; sand-dunes, trees and blood vessels….
My work is mainly abstract or semi-abstract. Colour is a vital element. I use mainly water-based paints, inks, dyes and pure pigments to build up intense and glowing colours. I’ve experimented with many media, but nowadays usually work on my own handmade cotton paper. This has a unique, unpredictable surface which allows for great intensity and subtlety of colour. I also paint on marouflaged board and sometimes make use of found or reclaimed materials.
Each piece has its own underlying ‘story’. They all reflect my preoccupation with light (and reflection), encouraged by the wonderful light on the Sussex coast where I now live.
The semi-abstract beach scene, Beach Huts and reflections of one train in another at Brighton Station are from my ‘Brighton Glimpses’ series. They are painted on reclaimed cedar blocks. ‘En Prison’ suggests the universality of graffiti scratched on the walls by prisoners in different times and places. It originated with a visit to a restored Norman manor-house once used as a prison. I made a large sheet of paper specially for this piece, which uses oil glazes as well as water-based paints, inks and pigments. Behind My Eyes is just that – light and darkness behind the retina. It arose from a ‘wave-front’ scan of my eyes. Enigma is a sort of joke. It contains the words ‘a truth half revealed’ disguised or hidden among other elements in the three-dimensional windows. This was made from two specially cast and moulded pieces of cotton paper.
All are simply framed in white, and unglazed to allow the texture to be appreciated.