Central to my practice is the perception of a dualism between the completeness of objects and natural things versus the emptiness and transience of human life. I am interested in how the human potential for reverie and fulfilment is undermined at once by political and economical conditions and by the limitations of consciousness and thought. In my practice I explore notions of emancipation, idleness and dream. My recent works relate to the body and depict objects from personal and cultural spheres – from a sanitary towel to folk dolls – shown in states of inertiaunderlined by tension. The paintings emerge from flesh-toned panels of MDF incrementally, through several layers of glazes and opacities, narrowing down on a sense of tonal equilibrium and psychological depth, honed by extensive photographic and video experimentation in the development of each work. My approach is a reaction to the contemporary visual world of mass communication – speed, techno-colour and consumerism. Amongst other influences I list the poetry of Pessoa, the philosophy of Heidegger and the films of Tarkovsky.
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