I am a Painter, Printmaker and Sculptor with a studio by the river at Thames-Side Studios in south east London.
I draw in response to activity, focusing on live performance. dancers are my stimulus, I draw while they rehearse and perform, transcribing motion and stillness, balance and falling, solitude and chaos, into a series of marks on paper. The drawings inform the paintings, etchings and life size wire sculpture created in my studio while the memory of the movement is still strong.
My work stems from a belief that artwork is a conversation between the artist and the spectator, a sharing, a continuity rather than a finality. During the making of an artwork I could be regarded as a performer, but by the time the final work is shown and shared I am invisible.
Influenced by the drawings I make of fleeting moments of figures in motion, often dancers in rehearsal and live performance, as my source material, I probe what it means to be human. Inspired by the energy, vitality and stamina of the finely tuned dancers I work with, as well as the community art workshops I run, my work encourages action, mobility and activity.
The pencil in my hand is in rhythm with the movement of the dancers bodies, while making the artwork. The drawings are live in the present tense, drawn as fast as the dancers bodies move through the space, too quick to get an accurate rendition, they are fleeting transient moments, glimpses of action, arrested movement. My energy is directly coming from my body transferred to the paper through my hand and the drawing material, the marks I make relate directly to the dancers moving bodies.
My work embodies fleeting moments and the extraordinary achievements of the human body; a continuation of the energy projected from the dancers, their traces of movement, leaving something of this trace behind.