During my studies at the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam a few years ago, the human psyche became the gravitational point for all my subjects. I like to place my paintings in a larger context and think about what it means to be a woman, a mother and an artist. And as an art historian, also my relationship to art history. Both the personal and the political interests me and the polarities that exist in our lives. These create a tension in my working process.
My work has steered me towards random subjects that I like to explore in depth by working in series. The shadows projected from chandeliers or reflections of light cast on facades of buildings, triggered my obsessions with things that can go unlooked in our busy day to day life. Each subject acts as powerful metaphor for my personal philosophical musings and dreams about the polarities of our existence. The chandeliers, the facades, the staircases and even the wolves are concrete anchors of our everyday world and metaphorical bridges or passages to/ from and between the internal/ external.
Often I will make a collage to block out shapes and colour and work from these in oil paint. It is this sensual and unconscious connection to a subject that leads me to make variations of the same theme in print (etching and chine collé) or collage. The containment of emotion in a painting through the saturation of colour is something I think about while working. This is an ongoing process and shifts back and forth depending on my experience of light or patterns of colour on a particular day.
A sensitivity to color and light and an emotional intensity is what I am seeking to develop as I move toward a more abstract way of working through the patterns of our existence and placing them in an art historical context. The work of the Fauves, and German Expressionists and the painters of the early twentieth century have been a source of great inspiration to me. Equally the Post war abstraction happening in St Ives and the US has always fascinated me. This process of enquiry is an exciting journey.
Currently I am developing my etching techniques to produce a series of works based on dancers. I am also doing research in order to begin a large series of works embedded in the tribal cultures around the world. The myths, rituals and beliefs of these Non Western cultures are to be woven over time through my canvases.