What happens when images from our subconscious - dreams, daydreams and apparitions - become accessible to our minds, and are then brought into focus and explored? Why are some of these images available for our minds to read more easily than others? Why do we remember some images more than others, and how do they become distorted, entangled and recycled?
I investigate the surrealist techniques of chance, automatism and Salvador Dali's 'paranoid critical method'. My research enables me to explore my personal memories of life.
In the series ‘The Persistence of Marriage’ I have used my wedding dress as a motif in a series of collage prints (distorted memories), photographs (emotional essence) and paintings (reality and dreams combined), that demonstrates how I have understood and applied these surrealist idioms.
Other works include collages of places I have visited, the images become distorted in places yet vibrant in others, as in “A Tale of Two Cities”
It is important for me to interpret my photographs through painting and collage, because while working with these processes I am able to recycle my thoughts and the feelings I experience become deeper. Therefore the more you look into the works the more you see – with chance encounters leaving their mark!