When I was looking at your work, inevitably I started to think whether do you consider your art as a separate entity or something that belongs to the space it is situated in.
Yes there are times my art exists as an independent entity, this is especially true for painting. But there are of course mixed media pieces I create as installation art. In this process I’m very conscious of the space and architecture: how it will be suspended, ceiling heights, lighting and all the elements that come into play when creating a unique space. It does matter.
In UNEXAMINED WORDS you are exploring the powerful concept of language. Where did your interest in this particular area come from?
It goes back to the search of truth and what we say. Questioning what we believe and why we believe it. It becomes less about language and more about how we convey information. The words people use, they have power and they matter. There is a responsibility that comes with that and it’s diluted when we can no longer trust and believe in what’s being said.
With social media and everything that’s out there it is just this entangled web of language and truth… it can be completely disruptive. At the same time it can build bridges and create beautiful and powerful things. It’s the way we express ourselves.. it’s messy.
In your work AM | USEME | NT you incorporated messages from children around the world. It focused on children facing a different type of isolation in these difficult times. Pandemic brought to our eyes whole spectrum of different issues, what made you focus on this particular aspect?
Being able to share and create with children inspires me and can also help empower and raise their voice. We always see our future in children, and I have always loved mentoring and working with kids. It continues to amaze me how clearly they can see things sometimes. As adults we are conditioned to these messages of hate, fear, division and anger. The beautiful messages from the kids cuts right through this noise. Simple, honest reminders of what really matters.
We exist in this system of constant over stimulation and mindless distraction, designed for our amusement. But at what cost? When we strip away everything and are spending more times with our family in isolation I think it gives us all a chance to see things more clearly. As we’re trying to imaging a world that will never be like we knew it, to experience it through a child’s perspective and ask what are they going through?