Within my work, I am exploring themes of connection, nostalgia, and memory. I strive to unpack my own personal feelings of longing and try to understand how memory distorts moments and places, putting emphasis on the feeling and emotion of the moment and place.
Having strong ties to both the U.K. and Kenya, I often feel a sense of displacement. That when I am in one country, I am thinking about being in the other. I use painting as a way to bridge the gap of distance and time to create a space where both places can coexist. A world where I can bring people, places, and memories together.
Deliberately distorting certain moments within the paintings and depicting nondescript environments, I aim to eliminate aspects that would anchor these moments in reality. I used watercolour and acrylic to create a fluid base layer in the paintings ‘Get me out of Here 1 and 2’, creating a landscape that reflects my feeling of a space rather than the physicality of it.
The figures within my paintings serve as actors for me to understand the nuances and complexities of human connection, placing importance on how they interact with each other, the environment, and the viewer, rather than who they are.
Ultimately, my works serves as a catharsis for me to unpack personal feelings of disconnection through memories and moments of connection.