Can you describe your work in five words?
From the microcosm comes the macrocosm
What is your typical process when working?
When I start a piece I tend to work rapidly to get the idea out, similar to spontaneous sketching, then once it is down and I see the idea taking shape pictorially, I leave it for a day or more before going back to it. I work until I’m satisfied that I have got the message across on my canvas or sculpture.
What is it that attracted you to the Winter Pride UK 2014 Art Awards?
The subject matter intrigued me, while as an aside the venue looks amazing.
How do you feel your work responds to the brief ‘#Art Is…’
To me art is creative communication. The ‘L’Origine du monde’ sculpture is inspired by the mother-ship/astronaut relationship, and the umbilical cord/fetus relationship with the mother. The piece is also about the Earth’s symbiotic relationship with the greater Universe.
I am inspired by all aspects of our innate human natures, and I search for what is instinctive and what is learnt. Francis Bacon and Dali are inspirational artistically, while Camus inspires me philosophically.
What are you most looking forward to at Winter Pride UK 2014?
I’m looking forward to seeing how the curators put the show together and I’m also intrigued to see the diversity of ideas presented under one ‘canopy.’
Interview by Alice Botham, Winter Pride UK Arts Co-ordinator