The line between history and myth is wonderfully malleable.
The feminine principle is at the heart of what I do as I try to create a spiritual and ethical context in my work that can balance and try to heal our hyper-masculine world through honouring the feminine as sacred and nurturing this inherent connection to the divine. I don’t mean this necessarily in the transcendental realm but more immanent to life in the unity we have with nature and to each other. By harnessing this energy, my art celebrates human and animal form, my sexuality and the interplay of psychology with intimacy. As a starting point, I explore the classical tales of ancient goddesses – Danae, Hecate, Medusa and The Oracle of Delphi, to make the feminine divinity more visible and conscious. Far from setting out a polarised dichotomy of man versus woman, my art shares a desire to move beyond patriarchy as a critical part of our survival and evolution and my hope is for political and social changes in our consciousness and culture.
I explore my ideas and themes obsessively; my process is one of repetition that combines chance and memory. Painting has been a continuing quest: one that is both self-reflexive and visceral, I re-draw and paint things continuously. I think of art as a memory, my work is never finished, only permanently abandoned. To me the physical act of creation evokes ancient archetypes, totems, and mythical rites that create a calculated catharsis that challenges my audience to see beauty in the simplest of things. Ultimately, I want to arouse my audience by the means of a sensual intensity that brings them an understanding of their own existence.
“The intellectual woman knows she is offering herself, she knows she is a consciousness, a subject; one cannot wilfully kill one’s gaze and change one’s eyes into empty pools”
Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex