“The present is what assembles and gathers together. Between past and future, a space free but laid out by the soul, the spirit, or the heart must be safeguarded where the advent of the encounter can take place." -Luce Irigaray
How do we witness the world around us? How do we witness ourselves? Can art change the way we interact, simply by seeing it?
Drawing my practice out from these questions, I am interested to explore invisible architectures- the spaces that exist in between material structures, both built and natural, and how these spaces shape and are shaped by embodied human interaction. The subtle tensions and connections of everyday movements speak the language of relationship- as artist, I can engage with this exploration of place on several levels: as silent witness, as facilitator, as participant, as shaper.
Inspired by contemporary dance, concrete poetry, and academic research rooted in continental philosophy, my multimedia practice spans across various disciplines to create meditative reflections on human experience and our connection to place. Expressed through painting, movement-based performance, and written work, these poetic meditations are peppered with wild absurd humour and a wry appreciation of the strange and bizarre, interwoven with a shamanistic embodiment of the subtle energies at play in each moment of an ever-evolving life. With each art form, I seek to create atmospheres that invite the audience and viewer to slow down, to soften, and to contemplate, re- energised by the vivid passion present in each work.
Grounded in the geometries of ritual, my work engages with our lived experience of time- how time affects the architecture of our lives and our environments. Often durational, my practice allows for inherent flux as the audience is invited to enter, leave, and return to the space of painting/ performance- a space that becomes a visible, material expression of the underlying spirit of time and place- of zeitgeist and genius loci- which the viewer can slip into and out of. In this way, the viewer has empowered agency and choice, just as the artist does- and in the choice to watch, and to connect, the viewer enacts their own personal narrative, participating by witnessing, creating a new space of dialogue, a new way of language.