The interconnectedness of systems: of language, ecology, politics and art. The directness of drawing: as a way of looking, perceiving, seeing and thinking. The language of the natural world.
These are the motivating factors in my work. I am interested in language, and multiple points of imparting and receiving knowledge. I am interested in language: textual and concrete. And I am particularly interested in that place where written language fails and other forms persist: maybe in the caves of Lascaux or Bhimbhetka, or that moment of encounter with a piece of pottery, millions of years old.
I work in drawing, collage text, audio and video. Objects enter my work as props. To draw suggests the act of drawing an image as well as the act of pulling something out, drawing water from a well, drawing on memories, drawing from those humours within myself. Such a direct act. It is not only that I love to draw, ink on a page, gouache to paper, but I also love to draw connections between and amongst things: visual, linguistic, formal, conceptual connections. This drawing of invisible lines. Ma(r)kers for meaning. Repetition and doubling are recurring tropes in my manner of working. As are ideas of metonymy and multiplicity. My work is influenced by literature, biology, philosophy and anthropology.The materials I use are paper, water colors, photographs, sound, spoken word, and video. I write original texts which become recorded audio pieces that are heard alongside drawings or 3-dimensional work. The sound, drawings and objects come together to produce an effect of a larger whole, or an immersive environment for the viewer to enter. The materials are in dialogue together, connected by their physical materiality, but also the very structure of the language that informs the work.