Who are the figures in this new body of work?
In the current series (Vessels) they are based on statues of historical figures. Some are political leaders, kings, commanders and a painter. All are seen as of importance to the building of a nation or in shaping a culture. They can not be seen as they were seen before, at the time the statues were erected, glorified and without fault. There is a clash and violence inherent in most of the statues and the era they represent.
Are the spaces that you create based on source material or imagined?
The backgrounds to the Vessels series with statues or boats in front slowly came to be over time. Growing up in an environment that is rich in design and beautiful in architectural details it was only a question of time before this made its way into my work. The patterns are something of comfort and a reference to my upbringing but also to the risks and misuse that can come with organization and order.
In my practice I have always been interested in using geometric shapes and patterns to define space, control and chaos. The multi-coloured geometric backdrops in these paintings act like a curtain of sorts. As a curtain it closes off a space that potentially could lie beyond the object. It plays with the potential of there being a perceived space that stretches into infinity. Some of the squares and rectangles are semi-translucent and one gets a sense of depth instead of solid closure.