The first 2 images here are part of my ‘Go and tell the King (the sky’s falling in) series. Strange land and starscapes.
My ‘Weird Species’ works (images 3 – 6) are photo montages made up of castaway snapshots, fragments of smoke, obsolete X-rays and neglected text books. They imagine the inhabitants of Kepfler 186f.
Kepler-186f is 490 light-years from Earth. Located in a ‘Goldilocks Zone’, where the temperature is just right for water to form and therefore support life. The planet orbits an M-type dwarf star, just slightly dimmer than our own sun.
Supported by London Contemporary Art in association with The Store Street Gallery, the images are hanging at One Alfred Place in Bloomsbury, London W2, from May until August 2016.
My abstract works (after image 6 in the slideshow) begin with painted marks, daubs and brushstrokes alongside watercolour shapes created with pipettes, sponges and brushes.
As a starting point I plan compositions by layering the individual parts until the design takes shape. The images may be inspired by a particular location or memory of a place. Echoes of landscapes, memories, seasons and hints of architecture sit alongside bold abstract shapes. I blend the parts digitally and fine tune the colours.
Ultimately my aim is to use the basic shapes found in all objects to create thoughtful and immersive imagery. The final images are printed as Giclee prints on 400gsm watercolour paper. 400mm x 400mm.
A selection of my work is showing at Montpellier Contemporary Art in Stratford on Avon from January 2016.