Saturday, 29 December 2012

New work at the dawn of 2013

Water-based / mixed media on card

Untitled. Water-based media on card. 2012. 5 inches by 3 inches
Untitled (for Tom). Water-based media on card. 2012. 5 inches by 3 inches

Far East. Water-based media on card. 2012. 5 inches by 3 inches
Untitled. Water-based media on card. 2012. 5 inches by 3 inches
Cloud form #1.Water-based media on card. 2012. 5 inches by 3 inches

Untitled (waterfall). Water-based media on card. 2012. 7 inches by 5 inches

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Re-visited - my cardboard constructions

Cardboard Constructions:

Domestic everyday landscapes and the things that occupy them inspire me. I draw from childhood memories as a means to construct a narrative that explores identity, scale, status and inadvertently politics.
I am drawn towards objects in environments that have ambiguous or multiple meanings. I am after a flexible art that devours itself: forever a fairy castle to the hopeless drunk inside.

In research by Maria Kylin through the Department of Landscape Planning, at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, on children’s dens and forts, she outlined that most of the children who made dens did so out of a basic compulsion to create a secret or private space, where they could act out and explore group and individual identity. My practice heeds to these desires and reflects a basic human necessity for space, identity and boundaries.

My sculptural work is also a personal reference to my early childhood in South Africa in the late 1970's to the early 1980's. I grew up in Rondebosch, a place just outside Cape Town. The box constructions remind me of play-dens and long lazy days in the garden. At the same time the cardboard structures are, in part, reminiscent of the shantytowns dotted along the motorway towards Cape Town airport. For me, the constructions hold, at the same time, both pleasurable and uncomfortable memories.

The cardboard constructions also act as a safe haven, away from the hustle and bustle of contemporary life. The experience of being inside the box sculpture is quite unique and has, in the past, invoked strong emotion in a number of the viewing public. The sensation I get is that of security and warmth, and strangely almost a return to the womb. This notion sits uneasily with the crude visual aspect.

The work’s meaning change depending on the viewer’s position and I am particularly interested in this ebb and flow.

The sculptures are made with recycled cardboard, corrugated plastic, paper, plastic sheeting, packing tape and occasionally paint. I like the utilitarian quality of cardboard and the fact that it can be easily found on street corners and behind buildings. Recycling materials is an important aspect in my work; I am fascinated by the notion that what once began as one thing can metamorphose into something completely different. 

If you stay in your hiding place long enough, you will stop hiding and you will become that place.

A childlike exploration of mortality: slipping between the hide and seek of fragility and bravado.

The words of May Swenson rang in my ears “We play in the den of the Gods and snort at death.” 

My den is ephemeral, a dance of shadows and a hiding place for dreams.

Friday, 27 July 2012


The way in which we view the world around us is not set in concrete; instead it changes depending on a wide range of circumstances.

My work tends to be realised through an amalgam of digital imagery, cardboard sculpture and painted elements, the status of which rises and falls depending on the context, but, all the while alluding to an ever shifting understanding of myself, place and time.
My current work revolves around re-Working previous motifs that questioned the nature of authenticity of material / medium within our contemporary culture of the copy.

Seymour 2012 - Digitally re-Worked of my oil painting Seymour, after Hans Holbien. 199 x 149 cm


My Cousin Wellington  2012 - Digitally re-Worked painting - 199 x 149 cm

After Holbien 2012 - Digitally re-Worked painting (Portrait #1 Girl with an oven glove on her head, after Hans Holbien) - 199 x 149 cm

After Artemisia - Hey Jude 2012 - Digitally re-Worked mixed media projection - 199 x 149 cm

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Utagawa Hiroshige II 1826 - 1869

Landscape of the season: summer.
(Colour on silk)

The trees in this painting by Utagawa Hiroshige II (The adopted son of Utagawa Hiroshige) are wonderfully strange, almost design with 8 Bit art in mind.