2016

The Unbearable Lightness of Being II

Found objects, red wax

 

Hung, Drawn and Quartered

Found objects, hand burnt paper, thread

 

Trauma

Found surgical apparatus, red wax

 

Weep I.                                                                                           Imperfect

Weep I: Found object, thread

Imperfect: Wax, light, paper, found object

 

Exploring our collective fears and anxieties, which are often hidden and seldom communicated, my work deals with the fragility of life. Through sculpture, installation, light and text, I assemble and piece together the remains, ruptures and scars left behind after experiences of trauma.

Using small violent processes of puncturing, burning and melting, I reassemble the ‘damaged’ through suturing, mending and casting, creating a process of healing as I work. The choice of materials I use reflect the delicate balance between destruction and survival; wax, paper, thread, glass, light and domestic paraphernalia which bear the scars of existence.

I incorporate the meticulously hand crafted with antiquated objects relating to the domestic to create private altered states, narrating a sense of silent human despair.

Casting viscous red sealing wax limbs from broken ceramic doll parts, I combine them with found objects relating to mundane household chores. Parcel packaging paper is surgically punctured with the blistering tip of a soldering iron, drawing parts of fractured human anatomy as I burn. The bones of broken deckchairs hang in stages of corporal deterioration, their wounds delicately fused together whilst silently spilling on to the gallery floor. A glowing orb, cast in molten wax invites an audience to peer into its illuminated skeletal paper remains.

Split between the repairer and the destroyer, layers of symbolism develop as I explore common anxieties in our society, which we frequently choose to hide and keep buried within.