“Art I see as an equal footing, the transformative power of art is the ability to question what we see beyond the first impression. It makes it easier to push past that first boundary of base opinion, this is what makes it an excellent gateway to expressing differing opinions revealing new ways to look upon life.
Explain yourself I find is never a helpful demand and already supposes negativity from the outset, art is more intuitive than that asking more of its viewer than a simple yes or no answer, I find the best artworks poses questions, suggests a different way to see the world. For me it’s like an interesting new person in your life you want to jab them with a pencil and find out more. It can be more than a platform for the marginalised in society, it’s a launch pad for the viewer (whether they wish to fly or not is up to them).
In my own artwork I like to find similarities as well as differences between me and the viewer by means of observational drawings that’s why my work is often varied from text abstract to landscapes. There are some themes I do find myself coming back to such as poverty and anxiety. The poverty thing is an obvious issue that’s is so insidious nowadays and seems to be getting worse in the UK (which I don’t truly feel qualified to talk about here) also the fact that I’m an artist and traditionally not allowed money, I’m a cliché you should see me in my smock and beret.
My experience of Anxiety may be simpler to explain and probably the reason for the artist thing in the first place. The liking of art was always there, in fact my first dabbling with bright yellow paint got me banned from play group.
The anxiety thing came slightly later though when we moved up north, I realised I wasn’t quite right when I was about 3. When I was child I suffered from a memory problem (possibly dyslexia related?) I couldn’t turn one form of memory into another, for example I would learn my times tables at night but in the morning I would have forgotten them, however weirdly enough I was able to recite word for word the TV series ‘Black Adder’, so it could just be a wilful subconscious on my part. When the school realised my issues they made it clear that if a child wasn’t err.. Entirely normal then the onus was on the child to teach themselves how to read and write. If you ignore a child one of two things might happen they act out or they implode.
I imploded and gave up, stopped talking which is where the anxiety stems from, I was pretty much alone, causing a massive chasm to appear between me and everyone, unable to interact in any meaningful. I cut myself off from everything essentially I managed to marginalise myself.
Although there was one saving grace illustration helped me past this, not that I use it as a platform to “teach” people as I’m more interested in the similarities and differences finding the space where we all connect all be it in different ways, for me it’s easier to ignore a teacher.
My art can be seen as a sounding board for different experiences and observations this is why it varies in style as well as context, there is an overarching note of anxiety in my work.
There’s an element of unknowing about them, the suns always look a little too big and unusual to truly be a sun, giving the unsettling possibility of a comet instead.
in my work ‘neon orange’ the layout is that of a sign, simple almost abstract easy to decipher but again the sun is a little too big and bright to be normal which adds to the feeling of unease, that coupled with the fact it lies to the viewer in its name a play on words and that on first glimpse people assume it’s a print work.
I also like to think there is a place for humour in art, it’s easier to cut down boundaries with a joke in my text illustrations this is prevalent, my work ‘cats’ is about the frustration of not being heard, an interesting parallel between me and my own past, I suppose in this case it’s the illustration that’s doing all the talking for me.”