Artist Statement

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As an artist I use a variety of artforms to ask questions in order to understand myself and the world around me.  My practice is always evolving and moving into new directions because, for me, the medium is a vehicle to somewhere.  My method involves using a variety of mediums in ways that explode their traditional uses.  Drawing is a big part of what I do, however, it is much more than pencil and paper, for me, drawing is about asking a series of questions using a range of different processes.  All of the artworks I create start with a series of core questions which guide the medium used and the process followed.

Working both with physical and digital media, my central discourse deals with how we as human beings make sense of the world around us and the dichotomous nature of humanity.  In particular I study how people living in different contexts form “truths” from direct and indirect encounters and the proliferation of these “truths” through online and offline means to form patterns and memes.

Artworks explore contemporary concerns such as the mediation and formation of data into codes of association, the languages of belonging and the collisions and collusions of cultural factions.  By drawing on scientific and philosophical reasoning such as, Hall’s ‘Reception Theory’,  Turing’s ‘Reaction Diffusion Theory’ or the laws of tantra, I explore the patterns formed by recontextualising such concerns.

My work is nourished by actively engaging people to feed a work from different perspectives with source data or actively being part of the work. Looking beyond the surface traits such as identity I try to draw out both the rational and irrational that makes us who we are. Using play, metaphor, repetition, ritual and reflection I try to create artworks (or situations that lead to the creation of artworks) that sits as a mirror to contemporary human insecurities.

Further writings can be found at https://ambushedonroute.wordpress.com/