Bitumen paint has unique properties, dripped from a stick it creates depth and when it is the right viscosity it will spin making beautiful patterns, spinning tales – the stories we tell about ourselves and our bodies.
Bitumen is a dark earthy material, almost like a ‘mothery’, the slime life crawled out of. Dripping is a fluid process, malleable and involving clumsy chance and failure. Each art work is unique, and can never be replicated exactly.
I see the process of making as performative and indeed the tactile and layered surfaces as performing and em-bodying meaning.
Liquid Selves are monochrome works that explore politics of female identity, using the chance forms as metaphors for metaphysical and subjective fluidity. They express a non-narratable self, undoing identity, and putting differences together.
Ironic Iconographies Parody classical rhetorics of painting and slyly condemn the way in which the female form has been associated with nature or used as a vehicle to represent male values. There are a range of different works in oil and bitumen which explore representation in different ways.
Domestic Dystopias are apocalyptic visions of mothers’ lived experience. They are funny and menacing hoping to provide an ambivalent depiction of mother’s lives and the domestic that combine the ideal with the monstrous and the mundane. large sized painting catalogue 2019
Metaphysical Positions are small works (all 40x40cm) that explore empathy through gesture movement and theoretical positioning.
Embodied paintings perform and write the body, using bitumen to create layers of text and form as a metaphor for female multiplicity and selfhood.
Studies in Survival are small (25x25cm) colourful folk art paintings that celebrate the lives of women. The acrylic on canvas is like textile art and figurative gesture convey and celebrate how women and mothers around the world survive psychological, physical, and mental pressure. The repetitious texts are about repetitive struggles that women have often invisibly endured and survived.
RED-dress Mummies Using the strange juxtaposition in language of mummy (motherhood) and mummified – these mummies have had the life sucked out of them. Anachronistically adding red dresses brings them to life, honouring them yet questioning the way at once we idolize and denigrate real life mummies.