Briefly, describe your art practise? A person’s life is continuously fragmented, copied and stored into both personal and shared memory, the shards of which are often misrepresented or lost. Can lost “data” be interpolated and mapped back accurately enough to reveal someone’s true self, or is this inherently too complex?
Through my practice, I am constantly trying to investigate ideas of memory, language, femininity, and monuments, to find a visual vernacular for these shards of forgotten self and memory. These images, through objects and collages, become a kind of self-portraits adorned with oddity, discomfort, and on the edge between disgust and beauty.
What inspires you to make art work? I take inspiration from both the present and the past. The every day and how these everyday objects become memorialized – as artefact, over time. I am especially interested in Egyptian archaeological findings and their hieroglyphs which function as a visual language that is still telling us stories thousands of years later. Another form of visual language I am inspired by is Victorian flower language.
Storytelling is a big part of my work and I often find myself reading folklore and referencing Greek Mythology or using Greek Statues in my collages. Through my work, I am also inspired by the question of what is beauty? I find the line of what is beautiful and what is not to be interesting. For example, hair on your head in today’s culture but also in folklore and mythology are symbols of beauty, strength, and power. However, as soon as the hair is no longer attached to the body it is no longer seen as beautiful it becomes odd, disgusting, and a symbol of weakness.
Explain the basis of your art project for The Bonkers Contemporary Show To create new work which will be installation based; a kind of collage of objects and images, compromising of colour and my own visual vernacular.
Who are your role models artistically? Ana Mendieta ,Orly Cogan, Gregory Crewdson, Timorous Beasties, David Altmejd, Frida Khalo, Helen Chadwick, Odilon Redon Rachel Whiteread, Gerhard Richter, Rodin, Bernini, Gustav Klimt, Cy Twombly
What do you think is your most AMAZING achievement in art today? My biggest achievement so far would be during my MFA degree show. It was a time, which really pushed me to go outside my comfort zone and take my work from being mostly two-dimensional to becoming more sculptural. It has been a really exciting transition and I am really looking forward to taking my work to an even larger scale.
Describe your art in 5 words. Mapping beautiful decay of memories.