Aiming to communicate ideas of the unpredictability and instability of materials, emotions, sensations, transmutation, dissociation and life. I create work in response to the word ‘unstable’ and the ‘grey area’ feeling, as I call it, linked to ‘Alice in Wonderland Syndrome’. It is a feeling I have experienced frequently. It happens when I am lying down, waiting to fall asleep. I encounter an un-life like sensation of unsettlement, unstableness, and transmutation. My world changes between my body feeling huge, on a tiny bed in a tiny room, and feeling tiny, on an enormous bed, in a huge world. Other related themes that I am thinking about are the mind and the body, form, awareness, senses, spatial awareness, and sleep. I Intend to express my interpretations to achieve a better understanding of the grey area by exploring how to convey it.
I like my childlike expression, and the exploration of materials in an uncontrolled way. Focusing on doing and not over thinking. I work in a variety of media, this year with a focus on textiles, to create figurative sculptures. Examining the nature and boundaries of using textiles as a sculptural medium to create a range of figures. Common processes in my practice include moulding, stitching, photographing, videoing, moving, animating, and wearing. My favourite tool would most likely be the camera, as it often gives me a new perspective, and allows me to share my work more widely. Patterns of alternate scale, interaction with work and using photography and film to record and capture. I alternate between black & white, muted and vivid exaggerated colours. Textures can vary from smooth to grainy and glitchy. Utilising light or the lack of to create dreamlike impressions. I have recently explored working with liquid latex due to it having flesh like qualities. Having used dough in the past, I wanted a more permanent version that holds the same skin like characteristics. Using new materials in my practice, having less control and not being sure of the outcome is exciting for me, so I’m constantly exploring new and unusual ideas and methods. My Anti-Show work features my most recent figurative sculptures in outdoor settings close to home and Grey Self work, with myself as the Grey Man.