Artist statement

In May 2017 I moved with my family to Folkestone, to a basement flat with a five-minute walk from the beach. It felt like a holiday home as it has large Georgian square windows that flood the open plan spaces with light and space.  Folkestone near the Leas felt open, vast, flat, and extremely bright the sunshine bounced from the white interior and exterior walls of the flat, often uncomfortable, blinding making my eyes wince to the point of forcing them shut.  

I start by collecting images, certain things around me, a lady reclining along the Leas. A lone bird singing that wasn’t a seagull outside the project space between 6pm-9pm summer time. A wooden painted pink ladder and a metal ladder in the project space itself. The movement of the grass from the high winds at Samphire Hoe. An unrelated image of a fenced off space that was set next to a lake. Numerous plastic streamers over shop doors in Folkestone made from rope and chain mail.

Certain of these images prompt me to consider other images such as works by the conceptual artist Sol Le Witt’ and his 3-dimensional geometric forms, or a photograph of a double scaffold building where the scaffold is its own supporting structure. I use objects that function today, with a reserved system as to show a grey thought instead of a direct binary opposite like what black is to white, or on is to off, open/shut. At the start, I didn’t know where to begin as its always like starting from the middle of a conversation.

I use a plastic based material meaning they’re contrived edited works. ‘Pool’, is a work with self-supporting structure, a slight suspension from the ground. The situation is an illusion, its leaning poles appear to defie gravity. Even though vinyl plastic is a durable material The horizontal ribbons of ‘Pool’ are fixed by wrapping over the next ribbon, a knock or breeze could unravel the piece. Because of its fragility the environment it sits within plays within the installation, throughout the day the sun casts shadows and casts light refractions moving its perception, it could simply be a bird or person shadow, or the shadows from the exhibit itself subtly shifting its perspective.