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Playlet - Artist Statement

Playlet is a collection of miscellaneous objects used to redefine the viewer’s perceptions of gravity and scale.The photographs are a whimsical arrangement that has sudden and unaccountable changes of perception that makes use of everyday objects to create a delicate balance between mass, weight and volume.

Playlet is constructed using few objects and a limited palate that assists to create a subdued environment which elevates the objects to a higher, almost spiritual level.The photographs depict a shallow space that can be viewed as a stage where the objects perform a short play while remaining static.

The Lovers - Artist Statement

The Lovers series explores relationships both human and formal. Each individual image is a portrait of friends who are also lovers. In total I have captured four couples in a lyrical almost absurdist manner. Through the depiction of each couple in a playful dalliance, dynamics are revealed that provide insight into the workings or mechanics of the relationship.

Throughout the image making process I have been preoccupied with representation of space in an effort to contain a dynamic relationship. Throughout this process the manipulation of space common in the work of artist Francis Bacon has been an influential focus. Similarly, in my series The Lovers I have explored the notion of space as an arena to contain the interaction between the figures and to separate it from the undefined area of the image, moreover from the continuity of the real world. This in effect prevents the images from retaining the atmosphere of the external world and works to isolate the relationships and instill them with their own logic, rules and possibilities.

Infusion - Artist Statement

This project is the result of a continuing exploration of concerns that include the depiction of time and movement and the figure as a formal complement to a space. These photographs however are different in their organisation than  in my previous series. As the figure dodges and weaves playfully through the space it becomes infused in the environment.

Often the figure is visibly absent however clues remain; footprint in the dust, litter and furniture that suggest otherwise.

May - Artist Statement

An exploration of masculine identity underpins most of my work. I am interested in space and examining how it can change the intent of an image to reveal an underlining psychology.

The representation of time and movement is often used to inform these concerns. A consistent exploration of light and colour is inherent in my photographic practice to enhance the mood and potency of the images.

Between Space and Thought - Artist Statement

"Street life occupies another world, another realm of experience, night to our daytime, a furtive shadow city where different rules and ethics apply..." Tony Kusher in his introduction to Waterfront Journals by David Wojnarowicz.

The work for this series is part of ongoing explorations of ideas that include psychological stats, masculinity, space, time and conversations with myself. I am particularly interested in examining how masculinity can be defined by the spaces we inhabit, momentarily or otherwise. Lighting is used to highlight a space that may take on a different meaning or purpose once abandoned and darkened.

Below the Breath - Artist Statement

A continued exploration of masculine identity underpins this series work. I am interested in context, particularly in how interior space can reflex a psychological state and therefore change the intent and meaning of an image. 

Throughout this process the work of Francesca Woodman and her figures subsumed by the environment continued to provide an influential framework. The figure in this series of photographs is dismembered, human yet still animal. The body parts are negotiating an uncompromising space, a labyrinth that exists in your dreamlike state. 

A use of light and colour is essential in enhancing the mood and potency of these images and works to enhance the nightmare.