Exhibition Artist Statement
My paintings “Murray’s Birthday (long suffering)”, and “Don’t Look Back (self control)” are part of a series that investigates the concept of contemporary 21st century representations of virtues and vices. Upon further research, the series has evolved into a more mature project and become very experimental and material-based. This attention to material complements the content of my paintings and brings a physical element to the surface.
These oil paintings attempt to invite the viewer into the liminal space between physical viewing and metaphysical contemplation. I find the interactive relationship of my paintings to be an important aspect of this series. These paintings bridge the connection between the portrayal of a human condition (in virtues and vices), and the interpretation of the condition by the viewer.
Through representational aspects of color palette and texture, immaterial elements such as mood and atmosphere are conveyed. This allows my paintings the ability to draw the viewer in on a more personal level, perhaps connecting with the individual’s relationships and history.
My sculptural piece “Modern Medicine” is a social commentary of western society, with a humorous undertone. The ‘western’ culture that we live in today embodies a consumerist lifestyle where everything is within reach. Different demographics are targeted and products are marketed to enable the lifestyle, and the vicious cycle continues. With the incorporation of drugs, a major crutch of society, I am heightening the commentary of consumerist ideals and reinstating the view that everything is readily accessible to fill the dependency on material and addiction. “Modern Medicine” aims to instigate thought and provide a humorous point of view while at the same time being mechanically detailed and aesthetically interesting.
This piece implements similar aesthetic values as my paintings, drawing mainly on the material, composition, diversity of artistic ‘language’, and its interactive ability.
With this work, I am emphasizing the made object; an object of 'traditional functionality blended with organic mechanics'. I have handpicked and crafted all of the pieces that make up this sculpture by welding found metals, gathering mixed materials, and woodworking with solid woods and hardwoods. With careful assemblage to create organic mechanics, I have made each piece to carry a unique quality, intrigue, function and motion.