My work explores themes of absence and abandonment. Paintings of objects and places remain partial and simplified in order that they can be supplemented by the viewer’s narrative. Objects and places I paint become souvenirs - reminding us of our shared or individual experiences of absent times, places or people.
I draw upon phenomenological philosophy - exploring the ‘thingness of things’ (Heidegger, The Origin of the Work of Art, Off The Beaten Track) to evoke memories and feelings of nostalgia.
I use a limited paint palette to further explore memory, in the same way a sepia photograph is redolent of things past, so this pared back palette allows the viewer to bring their own experience to the painting. As Gaston Bachelard tells us in The Poetics of Space: At times, the simpler the image, the vaster the dream.