Sensation is at the root of experience. The sensation of a hand as it is pulled through water, the lightness of a cool mist against the cheek, the first intake of breath on a cold January morning.
My art is heavily influenced by my surroundings and temporal sensations—things which can only be momentarily glimpsed or experienced. The constant state of impermanence in nature means that it leaves a fading impression, a trace of its presence. For me, the process of making is a way of lending physical form to these traces left behind by time— a place where materials are used to reconsider and reinvent specific memories.
In my practice, I explore these ephemeral qualities through pieces which remove the boundaries between painting, drawing, sculpture, and installation in order to offer different perspectives on an experience. I consider each artwork to be a small piece of a memory, which builds upon and questions the viewpoints offered by the previous artworks that I have created.
Although my art is based on specific points of reference, the creation of artwork in the studio evolves through intuitive processes—where I allow materials to be reshaped by the layering of time, memory, and the imagination. As a result, the handling and treatment of every piece draws not only upon its environment, but also begins to construct its own material and visual history. Each painted mark or folded crease suggesting an action which has already occurred, but where its memory has lingered through the traces that it has left behind.
These actions coalesce to build their own visual dialogue where strands of different memories start to compete with one another, blur together, overlap, and erase one another. For me, the surface of an object is a place where these elusive moments can be transformed into tangible spaces. Similar to the process of attempting to remember an event; each form, mark, or colour comes to the foreground to exist briefly within the experience of the artwork before dissolving. In this way, the artwork becomes a responsive surface—acting as both an echo of and a springboard for experience.