The cell series produced from 2007 to 2010, was engaged with the botanic and the body. By using abstract imagery of cell structures, plant and body forms, and by employing the visceral characteristics of paint this work presents analogies between plant and human life systems and recognizes the close associations within these systems. (examples first 5 images)
The Pod/Path body of work was produced from 2005 to 2008. I approached building each painting as tracing the history of the natural landscape. Layers of information are built up, buried and exposed to create a materially and visually rich surface. The colours and marks in the work are not specific but are meant to trigger associations with place. By focusing on layering paint with texture and colour, and not renouncing the picture plane my intent is to address a perception of the natural world that arises from both the body (our lived-bodily presence in the world) and the mind. I am interested in what the French philosopher Merleau-Ponty described as 'the lived perspective". Gestural marks/images appear in the grounds of thepicture plane ' or landscape I use these marks as evocations of path and/or pod. Path: mapping, waterways, migration ways, pathways, movement, individual/communal /historical networks. Pod: seeds, cells, body, groupings, covering, internal, genetic networks. Examples: last 4 images
This two series overlapped in duration, one informing the other.