I have always been inspired by the intimate relationship between art and viewer - psychologically, emotionally and also physically. The latter is an element that I have attempted to incorporate into my collection as I have created pieces where the viewer must physically interact with the work to grasp the entirety of its meaning.
Although a varied collection, the majority of my works share a common theme of social issues including feminism, addiction and the relationship between the people and the government. The purpose of my pieces is to make people rethink pre-determined stereotypical beliefs. I aim for my art to act as non-confrontational discussion pieces and as simple tools for illustrating complex topics.
Within this body of work I have also ventured out of my comfort zone to create purely aesthetically pleasing art, such as ‘Stuttgart at Day’ and ‘Stuttgart at Night’ – a diptych of impasto oil paintings that encouraged me to study German culture. I have also explored underground culture through researching tattoo artwork and drawing a Celtic piece that has gone on to be used as a template for a piece of body art.
During the development of my collection I have discovered newfound technical skills including woodwork and embroidery, finding the contrast between these particular mediums fascinating. I have also utilized the mediums of oil paint, pen, photography and readymade objects, to name a few. Mixed media is, however, my most often selected medium of choice as I have a passion for experimentation.
I am deeply inspired by artists such as Tracey Emin and Louise Joséphine Bourgeois, however, I have found that many of my ideas come to me in dreams or other non-processed situations. This, I believe, shows the originality and rawness of my work.