My work is an exploration of the value and legacy of the “sublime’’ in visual art. Rooted in the formulae and endeavours of the 18thC Romantic movement, themes and visual devices emblematic of vernacular painting from that period in art history are appropriated to create new works.
A cognitive approach to the media I work with is adopted, deconstructing and reconfiguring plastics, building materials, the “found object” and household detritus. Paradox is evident in work that is fabricated by the artist’s hand but with the use of prosaic mass-produced materials associated with neither beauty nor aesthetics. These materials are invested with a renewed purpose in an effort to re-evaluate their original source and assimilation into new work.