My art promotes a symbiotic relationship between humanity and the environment. The idea of the ‘individual self’ is ideological and needs de-emphasis. The attributes of a tree, animal, land and air should be part of our self-identity.
We have to change our way of thinking about objects, space and time to incorporate the insights of quantum mechanics. This means endorsing the ambiguity of something being both particle and wave and acknowledging the role of the observer as creator.
Art and culture, including language, are biological expressions projected into society. Every move we make or quality we endorse is inherently defined by our animal possibilities and limitations.
My tragicomic paintings transgress religious and cultural attitudes, seeking the animal within. We anthropomorphize animals and are familiar with characters like ‘Peter Rabbit’. The Primal paintings reverse this, questioning the nature of reality and individuality.
To survive into the 21st century, we need to reappraise our animal nature and our relationship to the land. A key tool for this is the virility of perception. We project what we think we see, so we need to seed this possibility with fresh vision.