Since 2018, my practice has included overpainted photographs as well as overpainted, moving images. That is, my own photographic prints or moving images actually form the canvas for my painting. Works are then re-photographed and printed once again or left as they are. Works are a variety of sizes and use a variety of mediums and paints as well as different canvas surfaces such as aluminium, fine art paper or fabric.
When I paint visual frames over photographs and video and transform images, I feel I am able to explore different temporal, social and spatial frameworks and processes and I am able to investigate new forms of ‘digital painting’.
The moving image work that is featured below, Looking Back, was initially part of an exhibition (Transition in Place: An exploration in Digital Painting) that referenced the physical absence and ill health of my mother and the garden she used to tend after the death of my father. In this moving image, I explore the relationship of memory, place and time. The work investigates the fragility of my family memories and how change is an inevitable process – always threatening. Altered dimensions and hyper-emotional states are central to the work with memories of self and place intertwined and in constant change.