Weltlandschaft - Reimagining Landscape
My paintings are about the instability of experienced events, past and present that we suspect underlies the conscious narratives in our lives. Most recent work focuses on landscapes, a motif in painting which, for me seems to invite re-imagining at this particular time. Work is developed from a range of sources; personal memories, incidents, art history and children's animations. Scale is important, epic themes collide with the trivial or commonplace as we struggle to understand our place in the world.
Baroque painting and the cartoon landscapes of Chuck Jones have been instrumental in ideas of pictorial space, imagery, movement and theatricality. Each set of found concerns is worked out in the studio with a process of trial and error, as structures are tested as well as composed. In this work I am also thinking about the idea of the ‘Weltlandschaft’ or ‘World Landscape’ with particular reference to Breughel and Rubens. The viewpoint is often bird-like and tries to encompass both height and distance to include humankind’s activities, relationship to and consequences on the terrain. The overall aim is to create a kind of painterly aliveness, something that can speak to our need for picture objects in our world of fleeting, disembodied images.