My graduation work consisted of a series of paintings entitled ‘Wandering Limbs’. Through miscellaneous compositions and delving into a more automatic approach to painting, I have been searching for this quality within my work in which the viewer, myself included, experiences a sense of obscurity; the wandering of our associative minds is to be left at an open end.
I am intrigued by the element of chance which is prevalent within the process of painting. The central element of chance is taking one thing out of context and placing it into another context, showing how meaning is fixed to a site and how meaning is shifted when the location is changed. The result is free association: what does the subject mean in its new place? For me, the use of chance and free association is an important part of my process. I work with small pieces of most usually ambiguous segments of collage that hold visual information in which the painting expands from. These pieces of collage act as a seed within my work, allowing a boundless and therapeutic process of expansion and morphism within the painting process. I work with imitation and repetition of colours, textures and patterns whilst also using the paint to create visuals that explore the possibilities of an alternate existence beyond the photographic constraints.