Artist’s Statement

Each human being’s heritage, knowledge and experience are unique. Unique, then, will also be how we perceive the world: what is important to us; what we might want to change; what we might never wish to lose; what we find beautiful, tragic, hilarious, abhorrent, attractive or ripe for change. And it is no less or more important than anyone else’s perspective.

In making art I notice, refine and take opportunities to communicate my perspective. Over time I have learnt techniques, methods of developing concepts, how to choose a path, and also how to be aware of my passions and intuition.

To mull over and explore ideas and then present them – in sometimes obvious, sometimes obtuse, sometimes kitsch and sometimes abrupt forms – is what I have chosen to do.

I make my art attractive enough at first sight to engender a level of trust in my audience so that they give more time to investigating further what is not obvious.  In its true form, art is never a passive diversion. It connects, directs, repels, inspires, excites, perhaps angers, and then encourages continuing the self-examination of one’s world or one’s place in it. This search can be thrilling, draining and invigorating.

Toys are some of the first entities in our lives that we have a strong connection to or relationship with. We imbue them with what we can’t get from the other living beings around us. I use images and re-presentations of toys, in juxtaposition or combination with other elements.  They sometimes pair up attractively; sometimes they work against each other, seemingly nonsensically.

Ideas I currently pursue in my work are our obsession with romantic and spiritual love,  our search for completeness and human connection, our fear of dying, and our striving for ‘adult-ness’ and what we stand to lose by it.