My current work draws from old family photographs and sourced images to create layered works that comment on the passing of time. The paintings are slowly built up through a layering of transparent washes of colour and textural mark making. There is an aspect of incompletion that enables them to hover between representation and abstraction. Through my work I aim to investigate the medium of painting as producing its own meaning and eschewing the constraints of linear time. Source photographs from both personal and public archives are used to construct potentially fictional (yet equally real) histories or narratives within works that are not anchored in either past or present, but exist rather in a durational state of flux. My paintings draw inspiration from a wide range of sources, including Henri Bergson’s philosophy of time, Modernist literature such as In Search of Lost Time by Proust, and contemporary female painters Mamma Andersson and Njideka Akunyili Crosby.
(Portrait image credit: Tatanja Ross)