The works in my degree show occupy imaginary spaces which appear to adhere to the rules of gravity and perspective whilst also ignoring them, occupying multiple planes and using forms that flip between object and image.
My research is centred around the idea that physical experiences exist in collaboration with a network of secondary and imaginative sources resulting in a partly fictional reality. Created over a period of time with no planned outcome, the work is able to reflect the location of its production and/or exhibition and receive thoughts and influences gained over the time of its making.
Parenthesis (Outside Chance) was made to reflect the architectural features of the building and the play of light in the exhibition space. The title derives from my recent reading of Mallarmé’s poem A Throw of the Dice, which centres around a moment of hesitation by the captain of a soon to be shipwrecked vessel, as he holds the dice in his hand before throwing them. I was inspired by the opening up of this moment of potential in the midst of the chaos. The colour of the painting reflects the black and white of the dice and everything within is suspended in a state of uncertainty.
Hypoxic Version 29029 was influenced by a non-fiction book I read recently called Into Thin Air which describes the events of the authors’ expedition to the peak of Everest in May 1996 which went horribly wrong when the weather turned and several members of the group died. I wanted to explore an idea that the Everest in his book has become a semi-fictional place. The reports of the climbers are wildly skewed by the reduction of oxygen getting to their brains, so that they can’t agree on what took place, and an authentic experience of its location seems to be impossible. The triangular forms in the work are suggestive of icicles, cranes or 3D modelling polygons, teetering on the edge of a crevasse ridden landscape.