I am an artist because I want to make interesting things. The work I make is primarily drawing based. I like to express my thoughts and ideas as drawings first of all which can then be developed into a variety of works. I like to see myself as a multidisciplinary artist as supposed to something specific, I think this keeps my options open for making work with the best and most conceptually coherent outcomes.
When you make a character in the game “The Sims”, you have to decide upon their aspirations. I always chose romantic for my character but recently I have decided a knowledge-based aspiration is much more appropriate. Being an artist allows me to investigate such a huge plethora of topics and respond to them visually. My art can be seen as a tool I use for learning. This reflects on my academic and conscientious nature.
I’ve recently been inspired by science-fiction, mainly late 19th and early 20th Century works by Wells and Verne; I think it stems from my ambitions from childhood which I have never grown out of. I also enjoy the way they detail and predict technological advances of the future but in a typical Victorian and Edwardian way. I have been fascinated by the TV series Lost. It has sparked an investigation into theoretical physics which I briefly touched upon at school. I try to make sense of this complicated topic through art whilst referring to aesthetic theories and popular culture as well.
I like to work in a way that plays on both sides of the field, being commercially successful whilst mocking the commercial process completely. Being hypocritical is something I enjoy and find completely sincere to my personality; I feel I frequently agree with both sides of arguments. This makes my work provoke different feelings on both sides of the spectrum. I like my work to appear very shallow because of its ambiguous argument, and I like to hear people questioning my skills as an artist and my intent.
My current work involves investigating aspects of a certain space whilst creating works in that space to comprehend the way the space works. The space could be anything, but I generally like to work in the natural environment and would really like to work on hills in the highlands. I also like to reference artists in these works from Jackson Pollock’s action paintings, to Damien Hirst and Micahel Landy. The artists works are used as a sort of tool to explore the landscape. I see all these works as drawings into the landscape, and they work traditionally as art in seeing the area as a canvas and the actions as making marks on to them.