My collages explore the deconstruction and reconstruction of images. The process allows me to play conceptually with a theme or thought. By deconstructing the original reality of an image, I can begin to let it tell a different story. Once I find my visual starting point, I will start a process of deconstruction/reconstruction, combining the use of ripping, cutting, layering, juxtaposition and, at times, the laborious task of stitching.
The use of stitching and thread has, over the past few years, started to play a more dominant role in my collage process and final outcomes. When in the past I may have used blocks of coloured paper, these have been replaced with thread and stitched elements. For me, it creates a quality of depth which is symbolically charged not only in the end result but in the act of making.
My work draws deeply on my own experiences and society in general, both past and present. It seeks to explore the sense of unknowing in a constantly shifting world. Multi-layered images arise which dwell on fragility, nature and the machine, and the instabilities exposed when old certainties are questioned. I am interested in exploring the hidden and murky sides of life, yet attempting to maintain a poetic quality. Every element that is placed has a symbolic purpose in relation to the whole. At times my work may appear dark, but I always strive to include a sense of hope.