The feminine principle is at the heart of all my work. It leads me to use new spiritual and ethical contexts to balance and heal our hyper-masculine world. By honouring the feminine as sacred, and nurturing this inherent connection to the divine, my art has a more imminent unity of life and nature; and in harnessing this energy, my work celebrates human and animal form, my sexuality and the psychology of intimacy. 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.
“You only have to look at the Medusa straight on to see her. And she’s not deadly. She’s beautiful and she’s laughing.”