My artwork allows me to inhabit my own created spaces, to become an active element within these scenarios, both the creator of and participant in their quiet yet resonant dramas.
I explore aspects of domesticity and question our perceptions of the Western "home" environment. Through the layering of figures and what we consider to be interior/exterior objects, I create confusing and uncertain versions of domestic spaces. Deriving from my struggle with homesickness, a sustained atmosphere of distance is important in the works. Distance between human and animal, distance between objects, but also distance from the viewer and work as the content seems disconnected from reality. I feel that this distance allows us to question notions of ‘belonging’.
Given the current Covid-19 pandemic, interior ‘security’ has been infected by exterior forces; the domestic home has become everyone’s vital safe haven but can also be considered restrictive and suffocating. It is this atmospheric of home comfort combined with anxiety which informs my thinking.
I aim to toe the line between subtlety and visual impact in order to create an unsettling atmosphere within my pieces. This is partly achieved through presentation methods which I intend to expand upon in the future through installation.
I began taking polaroids as a research tool, however I soon began to consider them as a body of work in their own right. Some are constructed, some are observed. They are quietly confusing scenes wherein I like to play with the tipping point from feeling comfortable in a space to uncomfortable.
After walking around the circumference of the structure outside to view paintings hung on the outer walls, viewers will enter the room through the entry door.
The room will have a roof with a light fitting hanging from it covered by a lampshade.
The walls will be covered with lining paper which I will draw a mural onto.
Furniture, houseplants and appliances will be brought into the space and positioned in an illogical manner, creating a maze-like path for the viewer to walk through.
The floor will slope slightly so it climbs when close to the exit door, making the viewer feel increased unease.