My practice has roots in autobiography, using drawing and text to speak in more visceral ways about the non-physical human experience. I use my personal experience as a woman and psychological experiences of self and identity, explored through the concept of the uncanny. Making an image becomes an act of creating a message, giving my trauma a voice, which can hopefully resonate with others, transforming the deeply personal to a more universally understood sense of intrigue and uncanny for the viewer.
I am influenced by surrealism and the practice of automatic writing & drawing, where the familiar suddenly becomes strange and unfamiliar through distortion of things that we know. I am particularly influenced by Henri Michaux’s expressive ink drawings, the work of Francesca Woodman, Louise Bourgeois and Jade Montserrat.
The fractured female figure is a common theme in my practice, symbolizing internal suffering and lack of identity. I use texture to generate emotion. It is expressive, somewhat violent and aggressive. The reversed, indecipherable text is used to express myself whilst maintaining a level of privacy and creates intrigue for the viewer.
This piece is about the unravelling of the inner psyche explored through text and texture slowly becoming more deconstructed. The book provides narrative and a deeper look into the chaos of my mind; it is designed to be an emotionally visceral journey. The delicate paper stitched together adds an aspect of fragility and vulnerability.
My degree show is made up of a selection of Lithographs on different types of paper, often with multiple layers. The multi section book is handmade and consists of Dry point etchings, Relief prints, Lithographs, Monoprints and drawings.