For the last few years the conceptual base of my practice has included certain psychological themes: childhood memories and themes of trauma and loss.
My main focus is the innocence of children and their vulnerability to abuse both physical and psychological.
Multiple sources are drawn on to build my images. I use discarded old family photographs to help create a narrative both real and imaginary. And references are made to art history and portraits of both adults and children.
Through the facial expression and general demeanour of the subjects I hope to draw the viewer in to explore the narrative.
I have been influenced by the ideas Jill Bennett expressed in her book ‘Empathic vision’. Bennett sets out to establish the connection between art and thought and proposes that emotional responses to art work are engendered by the sign that is felt rather than thought.