Exploring different ways of connecting my performance and painting practice, I developed a physical and conceptual practice of dripping paint onto canvas. Building up layers of tactile bitumen to create palimpsests of texture and texts, these paintings explore embodiment as well as new ways of thinking about identity and multiplicity.
Arcus – bow to the heart, 150x120x4cm, oil and bitumen painting, 2017
Figures in these paintings create movement, with underlying texts that perform and relate to the body and its stories.
Mummy Dearest, 130x15x3cm, oil and bitumen paint, 2017
‘Why do the English have the same word for a swaddled corpse and cuddly maternity?’ AS Byatt
RED-dress Mummies are a series of large paintings made from 2016 that use the strange juxtaposition in language of ‘mummy’ meaning mother and mummification. Red dresses are anachronistically added to bring them to life and lend honour and value. They aim to infer that real life mummies (mothers) are need to be understood rather than idolized or denigrated.
Midstream Chaos, 180x150x3cm, oil and bitumen, 2016
Empathy Circuit is a series of large paintings that used stories contributed from women about their lives. These paintings aspire to create empathy for many women who undergo mental health issues due to their experiences of family, unpaid work and motherhood.