My work represents an interest in how the act of participation in an artistic process gives us useful insights that we are unable to access via other means, about ourselves and the exterior world. Thus, I am currently influenced by artists such as Paula Rego, Anselm Kiefer and Marina Abramovic, who, during the act of making their work, learn something about themselves or the world. This ‘something’ is also revealed to the audience during or after the act.
I also appreciate the recent ideas of philosopher, Alain de Boton, who describes this use of art as almost a form of therapy, as a process of creating a personal sense of meaning that can be enlightening and fortifying, in a fast-changing world.
My current work is a deep transcription, using oils, photography and ripped papers, of the work of Clarice Lispector, a Brazilian writer of Ukrainian descent. She wished to explore the relationship between an artwork and real societal inequalities and issues. She did this through a beautiful crafting of the details of the lives of her emblematic but fictitious characters, making them more salient in the mind of the reader.