My current practice is interested in the way I understand a place and how I understand and remember that place. I explore this theme by visiting a place and making sketches of the area. Later in my studio I reflect on the place and look at the sketches. Using nuances I have noticed and remembered combined with my feeling of the area I create a painted abstract composition. In doing this I aim to create a representation of my understanding of a place in a fuller sense.
‘Eloquence Of Form’ examines recognition of pattern to create a fundamental balance of formation, allowing the viewer to imagine the sculptures continued passage through space. Inspired by the sciences, this work seeks, through form and motion, to emulate a methodology of thought and beauty.
Installed in September 2010 at the entrance of the college lane campus, opposite the new forum building. Spiral Bridge was a response to commission launched by the University of Hertfordshire and Birch Engineering as part of the Birch engineering award 2009.
Inspired by land artists Robert Smithson, Spiral Bridge seeks to create a visual Bridge between the new Forum building and the woodland environment that surrounds it. The shape of this work references mapped weather systems of storm activity. When a high and low pressure meets, the low pressure moves down while the high pressure moves up, thus creating a storm. This spiralling motion creates a visual metaphor within the work, which relates to the new introduction of the modern architecture on the ecosystem that surrounds it.
The material used is Core-Ten Steel. This works dimensions are 13 meters long x 1.76 at its highest point, which is the same height as the artist. Weighing five tonnes, this work is dug in to the landscape and supported by a hidden structure that is under ground.
Spiral Bridge is owned by UH Galleries and is a part of their long-term collection.
The shape of a place, the feeling, the smell. My work explores what makes up memory and the idea of it not being an absolute truth. Instead, that recollections are a composition shaped by mood, time of life in addition to the actual place and situation, both when first formed and recalled.
St Pauls- Acrylic on canvus, 40cm x 31cm. £275.
Stonehouse- Brusho and acrylic on raw canvas 80 cm x 60 cm. £400.