Artist Statement 22 January 2018
My practice explores the tales we tell, to ourselves and to each other; those stories embedded deep within our culture that reveal so much about what it is to be human. I am in some ways a contemporary icon painter, working to make art where object and meaning, substance and symbol, unite.
I am intrigued by feminine icons from the ancients: Medusa, Eve and Pandora, to more contemporary icons and monsters: Angela Davies, Margaret Thatcher and Frida Kahlo. I use the narratives of these notorious women to make objects that challenge and illuminate perceptions of women today.
My aim is to excavate the roots of shame that women feel about themselves and our social acceptance, even expectation, that the shame is felt. I do this because I believe that something has got to give. When is it that a girl-child becomes a shameful object? Is she six seconds old, six minutes, six hours? Because she surely knows this is what she is by sixteen.
My interest in the symbolic qualities of materials leads me to bring metals and other materials into painted works. At times, I spin my yarns across series of two-dimensional images, at others, I make them around and within my signature Story Boxes.