The passage of time and the damage that can occur within our lives are important threads throughout my work.
In my work I have often altered the state of the human body, showing our apparent exterior open and exposed, in my attempt to reveal its vulnerability. Throughout my work there have been armless figures, figures that are part animal and, more recently, mouths sewn together.
The drawings show people as they might imagine themselves to appear during times of emotional turmoil or grief.
The scars, welts and bruises betray our physical as well as our emotional fragility, exposing what often goes unseen.
The source material for my current charcoal drawings is from found photographic imagery, depicting people I do not know personally. It is my interest in their stories that drives me to make the work; images and personal histories that move me on a deep and encompassing level. They are people who are in some way victims of fate and circumstances beyond their control. The drawings are portraits, honouring the individual; I feel that I am giving them a presence if
not a voice.
The photographs I choose are small and indistinct and consequently offer the minimum of information and so, are
The drawing process is one of continual building and destroying, of scratching, scarring, staining and peeling. The drawing over and ripping away again leaves behind traces and layers of other stories, some of which I am not initially conscious of.
I am trying to uncover rather than state, making visible that which is invisible.