There is a celebratory aspect to my work,
which refers to the rituals of cultural identity
and the joy that it brings. The cyclic pattern
of the seasons and the human response to natural
phenomena is represented by paper- cutting which
in itself is a very basic art form, containing
elements of folklore.
My work explores two contrasting themes, the
visible and the invisible: the light and the
shadow. The visible is my study of human nature,
created from imagination and memories. The
invisible explores the unconscious: a thread,
which loosely connects my work to Celtic mythology,
folklore and fairy tales. My drawings stimulate a
narrative, which is created by a technique of
precision cutting with a sharp blade. Restricting
this method to a paper silhouette, contrasting against a light background the work exploits
the intrinsic properties of light, shape, narrative and tructure and generates many possibilities, thus enabling the viewer to see themselves and the world
in new and different ways. Life is like the narratives
I assemble. My pictures are symbols and stories from
the past, present and the future, from dreams and from
poems. The primal qualities of a silhouetted world are
inhabited by characters from childhood memories,
bringing forth powerful experiences shared by all.
Such is the universal code, that a narrative is
instantly recognised by the cut-out animals and
children, who venture across the enchanted paper
landscapes, existing somewhere between an innocent
reverie and a wished for dream. Imagery is everything
for me. It can make my heart pound. This is what
excites and inspires me when I visit
galleries, read poetry, or go to concerts. I capture
in my art what I am unable to express by any other means. want to create magical pictures
using elements of light and dark, which express the simple reverie of childhood wondrousness.