A series of original mixed-media artworks about complex emotional and subconscious narratives
As a child, I remember experiencing emotions in a very straightforward way. Yes, I would flit from one emotion to the next in a blink of an eye, but I think if I were asked at any one time if I were happy or sad, I could have told you.
Now I try to make sense of a torrent of emotions that don't quite seem to fit into neat, unambiguous categories. I find myself in a medley of competing, contradictory and uncertain feelings. More than any of my works, these works express the inexplicable: the bittersweet; the heartbreaking reassurance that loss is only felt when you had something worth loosing; the simultaneous awe of life and sorrow for its fleetingness.
These mixed media art works are created using a variety of materials, including book extracts, bank notes, costume jewellery, dried petals and flowers, butterflies, watch and clock parts, and backgrounds including gold and silver leaf, acrylics and oils. Where petals are used, these are dried and preserved using UV protective resin. Any butterflies or moths used in the artworks are sourced from vintage and antique collections, as well as natural death butterflies from UK butterfly houses - they often bare marks and scars from their previous lives.
This series of wall-based works are created by suspending various materials on grids of clear nylon. The compositions are developed over a number of layers, giving the appearance that the materials are floating within the space, and creating a sense of depth; they can be considered wall-sculptures or three-dimensional collages.
Each piece is framed with a deep white wood frame, and glazed with UV protective, anti-reflective glass.
Please contact Galeries Bartoux if you would like to know which works are currently available.