The sixth-largest mass extinction in the Earth’s history is upon us and we have finally woken to the humbling idea that- not only are human beings far less superior to other animals on earth than imagined - but that we may very well be outlived by them. ‘Birdeye’ was inspired by a small section of Bosch’s ‘Garden of Earthly Delights' which of course depicts human's in their final moments before the apocalyptic flooding. In my reinterpretation, glowing eyeballs replace the position of the fruit in the bird's beak. I play with the same reversal of scale with the humans and animals to confuse our sense of hierarchy and order. Bosch's jay has morphed into a surreal creature, perched on the branch of a fig tree. I have a tendency to overwork paintings and I like how this stripped-back aesthetic provides a means of ‘entering’ the scene.
I am a visual artist specialising in painting. My aesthetic is influenced by an array of artists ranging from Edvard Munch to Louise Bourgeois. My practice is also influenced by whatever books I am reading at a given point. At the moment I am reading ‘The Brutality of Fact Interviews With Francis Bacon’ by David Sylvester.While I would describe myself as realistically optimistic, my paintings lend me a safe space to explore the darker aspects of the human condition on a personal scale as well as on a global scale. Self-identity, environmental destruction and existential anxiety are all recurring themes in my work. In my paintings I tend to abstract the human form and its surrounding in an attempt to move the image beyond language and toward metaphor, leaving room for interpretation. In order to accentuate the emotion being conveyed, I use vibrant colours and work at a fast-pace. Drawing is an important component in my work as it focuses attention on the gesture and enlivens negative space.My new series of works borrow inspiration from global existential threats as well as more personal ones which have come into focus this year. On a global level, there is the new threat posed by the COVID pandemic with all the anxiety and turmoil that it has brought about. On a personal level, as I turned thirty at the end of last year, I felt compelled to really reckon with my biological limitations as a woman.