Blue

ARTIST STATEMENT

"I believe that multiple levels of reality exist, each with its own laws, rules, and relationships. In my view, structures emerge from patterns of interaction between complex networks of interdependent functions.

I am fascinated by time, by how it folds in on itself, merrily stitching its way through the past, present, and future; and by how a memory can become inexplicably lodged in a physical space. I am also curious about the parallels that exist between historical images and a contemporary ones: often they can reveal the cultural assumptions that maintain the status quo.

Rooted in a personal experience of synesthesia is a steadfast interest in sound, with a particular focus on sounds which have been transformed into form, colour and movement. The reverse is equally compelling since I enjoy traversing the multi-directional continuum of transformations. This is clearest in my film work, which reflects the pioneering influence of Norman McLaren.

I prefer working in an open system and seeking the points at which complexity turns into chaos. My process is experimental, beginning with an idea, a thought, a question, a visual detail, a sound, a new medium, a technique - and then exploring materials to discover the thematic interconnections that underlie the work. In these investigations I make use of colour and colour relations as an expression of energy, and often employ humour as a site of resistance, owing much to Freud's ideas on humour and Bakhtin's ideas of the carnivalesque.

I have dedicated the past decade to examining systems of social control as they relate to climates of technology, consciousness, the environment, the body, and social politics: it is from this general ground that my artwork evolves. There is no definitive style to my work and I work in no specific medium. It falls into a constantly shifting complex practise that encompasses auteur filmmaking, sculpture, painting, soundscapes, activist art and installation."


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