My paintings, created using a combination of textured brushstrokes, loose washes, photo transferred images and evocative colours, explore the mundane aspects of contemporary domestic life.
My work involves the process of photo transfer, a technique in which I encourage flaws to be made, such as the misalignment of the grid of images or the image rubbing off in places. I combine this technique with expressive gestures in oil paint exploring how the outside merges with the painted interior. The painted layer is strongly inspired by found imagery of melancholic and nondescript interiors, mainly stills from films made in the 70s and 80s, and dramas set in that period. I start by combining the found image with my own photographs of intriguing interiors, manipulating colour and composition so that the two images become indistinguishable from each other, using this as reference for my painting. Any sense of time and place is blurred and we are left in a sort of suspended world, a moment frozen in time.
My intention is for these paintings to read like cinematic transitions, with the impression that the scene is in the midst of things, a moment has passed or is just about to happen.