Mind At Play
Characters emerge in my work, as a child I would see faces and figures in shadows and cracks on the wall. Now I see faces in the materials that I use and the series of 52 figures in the ‘Mind At Play’ exhibition are the result of years of play with mixed media. These are 52 ‘folk’ sculptures that could be cast in a comedy or tragedy, they have hidden narratives either as solo or partnered together. Each assembled figure has a unique personality made from a combination of found material and oil, encaustic or acrylic paint.
Play and improvisation are key elements to my work process, the artwork is not planned but evolves with my response to the materials.
Most of my materials I find whilst out walking, a variety of natural and manmade discards which catch my eye and speak to me in their colour, shape, form, size. These materials I carry or hoard away in my handbag and then store in piles in my studio until a time when they can be used in my art. At times I use clay to form faces that I then later use to assemble with other materials.
Whilst living in North Carolina, USA (2007-2014), I became inspired by folk and outsider artists with specific interest in artists James Castle, Judith Scott, Bill Traylor and I also responded to figurative works by Alexander Calder, Paul Klee and Jean Dubuffet.