My work has been described as visual scepticism. It is made in the knowledge that understands that (a) truth is reliant upon context, experience and fearlessness. It also expresses the understanding that “Art” is not made, but found. It is to be found within the infinite number of images that bombard our visual senses. Through the appropriation of this imagery and its use in collage, both physical and digital I am able to articulate a deep distrust regarding the structures of the authority of the “image” and the authenticity of not only the form and nature of the image, but more importantly, the motives and agendas they represent.
From 1990 to 2016 my practice was based upon social engagement and collaborative projects working with a wide range of hard to reach communities and disadvantaged young people. In 2016, a change of circumstances allowed me to return to my own work and develop the photo collage works included in this proposal. I am due to start MPhil/PhD in September.