Artist statement 2019

My work is evolving from sensory experiences of weather extremes to a broader concern about the rate of change in contemporary life, and its impending impact on people, creatures and the environment. Large gestural swathes of paint depict an energy and sense of movement that explore a world of upheaval and turmoil.

 

We live in a rapidly changing environment, where things seem to come at us from every direction. Our civilisation struggles with these new challenges, and the vivid colour offset by large areas of more neutral tone suggest that there is a re-ordering of the world as we know it. There is uncertainty as to what the future holds, there may be hope and regeneration, but we are not yet sure about what we have gained, and what we might have lost.

 

Early childhood experiences of growing up in regional NSW where extreme weather events such as bush fires and thunderstorms have been the inspiration for my work over the last few years. I have come from oil paintings that are abstracted weather maps to a more generalized sense of upheaval and urgency using acrylic and spray paint. This change in medium has given cleaner colour and freer marks, with vividly coloured shards of matter whirling in a white void.

 

My recent influences have been Sally Gabori, Waldemar Kolbusz and Andrea Marie Breiling (on Instagram), all abstract painters who use the language of colour, shape and form to express powerful emotional ideas. Gabori used loose painterly intuitive brush marks that link directly to her personal landscape. Kolbusz, in his earlier abstract work, has that grid like structure suspended over a white void, while Breiling uses powerful loose linework to suggest monumental tangled structures of vivid colour.