My work addresses my interest in the mind, body and soul relationship. I believe that the mind influences the body. I am fascinated with Eastern philosophy and religion, the place of nature and animals in our spiritual lives, the physicality of the human body, returning to concepts of strength, dependency and interconnectedness.
I had encounters with Shamans, and I am very interested in the soul and healing. Entering altered states of consciousness, to encounter and interact with the natural and spirit world is of interest to me. This also permeates the work of Joseph Beuys and Marcus Coates.
I am interested in the temporary nature of intervention in the landscape, of using natural/found objects, and their social and emotional significance; of ideas of display and curation. I love walking, and am at home in the countryside, so making art that allows me to deepen my connection with the natural environment is key to my practice.
The White Stag has been a recurrent theme in my practice. For me, it represents a connection to a deceased friend, who was a Seer: hope, love and nurturing. After praying for her, the Hart began to appear.
Pieces I have recently made have centred on the family: its connections, fragility and strength. Artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Henry Moore and Andy Goldsworthy have been of influence.
I have worked as an antique dealer in the past, and still have a strong interest in this area. My field is gems and amulets, so objects, their meaning and the ways they are displayed is personal to me, and informs my art.
It is vital to me that a gallery going audience are able to connect with my work, and thereby consider their own connections with the spiritual side of their lives, and to family. This may be at the front of a person’s mind, but in the 21st century can easily become lost.
Opening again new gallery space in London