A matter of England
An ongoing series of work created using graphite, pyrography, tea and ink.
The work is an exploration into the diminishing wilderness areas of England;
the mystical forests, sublime mountains and mysterious lakes. 2020 – present.
After unknown artist
This ongoing series of work is made using images selected from the Royal Botanical Gardens collection in Edinburgh. Many of the images in the collection were made by unknown artists in various exotic locations. The works are created using a random number generator, picking two or three images to fuse together into hybrids which reference both the chaos of nature and the unknown creator. 2019-present.
This body of work began after stumbling upon a book titled ‘Grekisk Resa’ (Greek Journey) in a second-hand book shop in Stockholm. At the time I was also watching The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1980’s TV) and was interested in how Conan-Doyle reconciled his spiritual/occult interests with the sharp rationality of Holmes. The episode ‘The Greek Interpreter’ activated a link between the Sherlock Series and the ‘Grekisk Resa’ book. I began to see scenes from the TV series as a catalyst for drawings, not typical interiors or street shots, but elements of landscapes and frames of mystery to be expanded upon. Each work is made on a blank page removed from the ‘Grekisk Resa’ book, echoing the separation and isolation needed for the mystical experience, but also for logical analysis. 2018-2019. View Series
Fruit of the Pleroma
Fruit of the pleroma explores the existential nature of man through a gnostic lens. The pleroma being the totality of the universe and its fruit: mankind. The work slices and mirrors a work by Claude Lorrain, who joked ‘that he charged for his landscapes and offered the figures for free’, reinforcing the perpetual struggle of humankind as insignificant in relation to the universe. The flipped landscape references the hermetic tenet ‘as above so below’, works on the terrestrial are mirrored in the celestial and vice versa, lending hope to the most minor human actions. The use of pyrography reflects the transient existence of the human, like a candle burning out and the eternality one can attain through creative endeavours. 2010-present. View Series
Series made using graphite on graph paper. Each tree is framed with a portrait style vignette; a play on nostalgia, inheritance and memory. 2012-2013.
Fire & Forget
Series named after ‘fire and forget’ self guided missiles. The images which comprise this work are stills used in news reports of various conflicts in the middle east; particularly from Iraq and Afghanistan. The play on ‘fire and forget’ is indicative of transient media coverage and its inability to process multiple major stories simultaneously. The works are created using pyrography, a process of burning the paper with a hot pen; creating a permanent resonance through the destruction of the paper. 2014