My area of concern has always been the importance of preserving ones imagination. It holds endless possibilities but with maturing age and alternative priorities it becomes abandoned in many humans. The act of utilising my imagination is the primary motivation in my work. This act rebels against the formulaic and stems from the desire to develop it as a tool and refine its use in achieving obscure possibilities.
I have an ongoing curiosity for the diversity and reasoning of human behaviour. My practice orbits around the fundamentals of psychology, particularly theories of the unconscious mind developed by Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud. Jungians ‘Individuation’ describes the process by which the unconscious mind is brought into consciousness through: past experiences, free memories, repressed memories, dreams and active imagination. The result of this process is unique to every individual and reveals one’s personality in its entirety. As an area of self-investigation, I try to adapt this theory to perform in a visual art context.
I begin to tap into my unconscious and explore the realm at this point of transformation by adopting an instinctive approach to image making. I must make impulsive reactions to mixed materials, objects and surface to give me the best chance to remain in the space before something becomes an idea. There are to be no limitations, no thoughts or fears here. Organic to the process, I build layers of colour, pattern and form over multiple canvases at one time to confront the complexity of my unconscious. Each painting acts as a documented glimpse into the activity of my unconscious which leads me to a better understanding of my own human behaviour.