As we spend more and more time using flat pieces of rectangular glass for our work and our play, I needed to get away from presenting yet another box to be viewed at a distance.
I want and expect people to touch and interact with each piece of my art; to experience curiosity and the impulse play - the way I do when I make the work, and we all did as children exploring the world around us using all our senses.
As a mixed media artist my primary medium is paper - which I cut, tear, texture and paint - and I often include found items, especially scraps of rusty metal and small dried plants and lately also fabrics and stitching.
I don't consciously set out to portray the landscape but it often makes its presence felt in my work - sometimes as a counterpoint to a figure seeking to transcend the mundane, sometimes as a metaphor for the undulating and serpentine nature of life’s journey.
These ideas are the impulse for my new series of artist’s books - the ideal culminating container for the major creative impulses of my life: a degree in theatre design, jobs as graphic designer and jewellery designer-maker, even my childhood pastimes of cutting, sticking, sewing and telling stories.
My ‘books’ function as little fold-out toy theatres that allow me to explore both two dimensional and three dimensional media in the same space.
Through them I offer surprises, unpredictabilities and juxtapositions - a small antidote to our tendency to default to, and isolate ourselves in, the familiar.