This work was inspired by an essential life saving biological process called apoptosis. This is a process where your own cells effectively hit a kill switch to self destruct. They do this in response to the fact that they have an dangerous glitch in their fundamental biology, for example hold a cancer mutation.
The self destruction therefore is a self sacrificing response to defend the greater whole e.g. you.
This work brings to you, the viewer my personal sensory experience of sitting by running water with sunlight glinting through foliage, the sounds of insects buzzing about their lives and summer sounds on the warm air.
(Initial studies were made in Milldale, Near Ashbourne, Derbyshire.)
The rich world of cubism, post cubism, the post war St Ives communities and current day British contemporary artists has inspired this series of still life works. I am drawn in by the search for the simplification, iconic image, almost hieroglyphic forms we can use to portray the everyday objects such as bottle, jug and mug. The layering of viewpoints and the translucency of objects adds further information to the final composition.
This is a series of Monotypes created in 2018 by layering intaglio inks onto a steel plate and hand pulling through an intaglio press. After multiple layers these pieces were further worked on with a variety of media such as soft pastels, oil pastels, acrylic inks and paints, graphite etc, what ever each piece demanded to ultimately reach its resting composition.
Inspiration was drawn from the a variety of sensory stimuli fused with memories of childhood summer holidays whilst walking and sketching in the Derbyshire countryside.