Collage on Canvas 2012-13
Visibility/invisibility, form/formlessness, saturation and abundance - my work is inspired by textiles, weaving and batik from Indonesia and informed by my time spent in Bali. In this group of collage paintings my imagery combines pattern on pattern to create densely layered surfaces. I've used images collected from various sources. I fold the images into a fan and cut and punch them. After ironing them flat, I then layer and glue them onto a painted canvas. This process has become increasingly important in this work; it allows me to tap into unknown and unexplained visual territories. I distort my source materials by editing and omitting elements from the original images, removing them from their original context thereby creating a visual tension between subject and disintegration. There is an element of serendipity and luck involved in this deconstructive/reconstructive process. I am interested in the rearrangement of the image: how the negative spaces and missing parts are reordered.