My work is bright or subtle, textured or layered. It allows the eye to make journeys through it, creating its own narratives. Collecting for me serves three purposes, reference, materials and aesthetic. I'm inspired by creating new narratives from what is at hand, responding to a new image or object. The internal process that allows me to fathom arrangement to my satisfaction.
In a culture where imagery is increasingly digital, sharing images from unused, unwanted books and journals allows a new appreciation from a new audience. I have always been a maker in one way or another, but it has only been in the last two years that I have totally focused on making finished bodies of work. My work is inclusive - engaging a wide audience through a broad spectrum of themes. My work is unique because I respond to found stimuli in a playful and meaningful way, creating new from the old.
I draw on everything around me, never knowing next what will sit perfectly in the space I have created until I hold it in my hands, be it a scrap of paper, an envelope, a paper kitten or a discarded bus ticket. I prefer work from social history images be it old or new, taking people from their original settings and giving them new scenes of my making. I always tend to cut more images than I need, so there is room to play and arrange in space. The amount of cutting, generally defines the time frame of my work.
Cherry Lane Studios,
41-45 Pitt Street, Norwich,