I am coming to the end of a part-time degree in Fine Art at the University of Bangor after retiring from academic life in 2009. I am interested in the visual poetry of the everyday world encountered either at home or when I am out walking in the town or city. My approach is to respond intuitively to what I find. Mostly, I am drawn to the formal aspects of what I see. For example, the way certain colours are juxtaposed, the textures on the surface of things, a surprising geometry of form, or the way light and shadow fall in my home. These are the things that I am currently ‘vulnerable to in the world’, as the artist Michael Craig-Martin puts it.
Recent work is concerned with the transience of living in time as revealed by the reflections and shadows that result from the interplay of light on and across different surfaces. Photography offers the illusion that time can be stopped, and the fleeting shadow and insubstantial reflection can be given material form. It enables a fixing of presence within the immediate moment at the same time as emphasising its absence. Foucault describes this experience of the reflection as 'we find ourselves missing in the place we are.'
Floating World is a series of abstracted reflections cropped out of photographs of high-up windows.
Impossible Spaces is a series of 'inadvertent self-portraits' as Friedlander described them, caught in the ambiguous space of reflection.