In recent work, paintings depict dreamlike, illusory scenes where the boundaries between people, place and things are uncertain. Pictorial structures are established in the midst of the whirring effects of gestural marks. As paint threads its way across the surface, connecting swipes, smears and tangles, stories are woven into the work. Nothing is meant to stay still, the viewer is encouraged to keep the eye moving across the visual field, to experience a kind of restlessness, in that the surface images continue to gather, shift and disintegrate.
In the ‘Dreamweaver’ series I have taken Velasquez ‘Spinners’ as a starting point. These paintings present a flickering vision of female artistry and industry. ‘Distant Skirmish’ combines fleeting brush marks to suggest a disturbance, a glimpse of a brutal event. Brazen and Cornucopia imagine epic events on a humble scale, perhaps dark musings on folly and misfortune.