LIquid Selves are a series of monochrome paintings that explore the nature of Self. Many of the paintings use pattern to evoke texture, depth, dramatic interplay and domestic resonance – or explore the roles we all play during our lives.
Made from 2006-2011 at the Drill Hall Studios, Marazion, these paintings were made to promote the idea of everyone – but especially women as multiple. The titles of many of these monochrome paintings are made from combinations of pronouns to infer the multiple lives that we all lead. Figures are formed out freehand with bitumen paint dripped from a stick as a metaphor for fluidity and multiplicity and layered with gesso.
Paintings were shown in shows and sold in various galleries around the UK including Marburae Gallery, Off the Shelf, Saltburn, the Art Lounge, Derby, Double Lives, Nottingham, Tactile Bosch, Cardiff, Redearth gallery, Devon, the Crypt Gallery, St Ives, Drawing the line, Hilton Young Gallery, Helsetine Gallery, with a solo show at Helston Museum Gallery, 2013.
Find out more & read the self-published book: Liquid Selves
Empathy Circuit is a triptych of large paintings that explore women’s stories. They aspire to create empathy for women’s lived experience and mental health. Paintings use text and image to explore how our stories can visually share understanding of women’s experience of home and children.
Red-dress Mummies is a series of large paintings that explore the strange juxtaposition in the English language of ‘mummy’ as a ‘swaddled corpse and cuddly maternity’ (A.S. Byatt). Red dresses are added to bring them back to life and add honour and value. They aim to infer that real life mummies need to understood rather than idolized or denigrated.
More archival works are going to be added to the site. Do get in touch if you would like to know more about these earlier paintings.