My art practice is informed by research into the origins of intergenerational trauma. I engage a process of repeated drawing of lyrical and allusive singular images, which are grouped together to emphasise and contrast individual, aural and visceral memory with collective recitals of history. My work refers to lesser known stories from the Second World War that have been neglected by the dominant narrative yet have universal and contemporary relevance.
Drawing is traditionally a preliminary practice yet I use it as a method of working back into a personal and collective past. Conte crayon, charcoal, ink, pencil, eraser and acrylic paint, are used expressively; artworks are distressed through various means to explore rich textural possibilities of medium. I bring a tactile quality to images, many sourced from historical photos so that the past is symbolically embodied in the present.
These works on paper are an empathetic conjunction of the personal with the historical, of complex feelings and ideas about humanity and enmity, of grief and remembrance, and bear witness to the continuum of past and present within contemporary lived experience.