"My works are informed by water, by water's wild liminal nature - a place where indeterminacy comes into play.
Eastern philosophies, such as
Wu-wei, use water metaphors, and these influence my working processes and aesthetics.
My studio painting practice begins down by the sea, where I gather research material in the form of observational sketches, writings, photographs, underwater films, and also material samplings. These can become works in their own right.
I do this elemental research in order to learn from water and to develop a water mindset which I then attempt to articulate in the studio.
In the studio I consider the canvas or paper as another shore of the self - another liminal site - and here I paint, as if water were painting."
Water stories, the body,
all the things we do,
that hide and show
and enjoy this being washed
with a secret we sometimes know,
and then not.
*Translation: Coleman Barks
Charities supported this year:
- Animal Free Research UK
- American Society for the Protection of Animals