“It was only last year, in isolation, under lockdown, alone, that I decided to revisit art.”
I graduated from UNITEC in Auckland NZ with a bachelor of design in Visual Communications in 2007. Immediately after finishing my degree, I re-located to London, England, my birth place.
Mary Sam and Vincent doing Monkey Business
Gorillas and Capucin
Monkeys being primates are animals that have a humanistic expression and we can relate to, probably more than any other animal.
These two types of monkeys would very unlikely be seen together as they are native to two different continents. However the two species differences become irrelevant, when it comes to what is going on around the planet, environmentally. These barrier need to be broken. We need to work together for survival.
The unfinished tree, represents de-forestation. Whole habitats being destroyed. It has been described through the pen in a way to emphasize the complexities and beauty of nature. It is no specific type.
This work is a glimpse of a mother, Mary with her son Sam and Vincent the Capucin trying to find a home.
Ink and Pencil on Paper
During the following 3.5 years I worked mostly in the fashion industry, for a fine atelier, which unfortunately caused me to abandon my creative work. I adore fashion though and the time I spent working in the industry was so rewarding in many different ways. Fashion has always driven me. I am inspired by it and I admire it. In one way or another. My art always has an element of fashion, hidden somewhere.
Jeremy and Jemima
Two monkeys. Jeremy looks lost in thought, gazing back into the past, his home, family. The branch he clings to clearly has life as it is covered in plants.
Jemima sits on a rock holding essentially nothing.
The tree in front is lifeless and dead. All seems lost but flower beside the tree, symbolizes hope and life. Where to... going into the unknown with a bit of hope. Hopeful of progressive change snd attitude towards a brighter future for all of earth’s inhabitants
Ink on primed canvas
The strict lockdown in Spain, where I currently reside gave me a yearning to be amongst nature. So I drew it. Animals and fauna, questioning the basics of life and how over-complicated it has become. The black and white simplifies it. I also try to evoke a feeling of emptiness and a sense of starkness through that. As we are witnessing the effects, from the damage we have inflicted upon our planet. For instance the bleaching of the great barrier reef, or deforestation. The pandemic. It felt necessary, to remove color to heighten this. A feeling of a lost habitat. A barren wasteland. Salt contaminated soil.
My graphic style is drawn from my interests in comics and anime.
A continual development into mastering technical skills as-well as respecting my subject matter. The drawings are taken from photos. With this it is important for me to capture a particular subject’s physical traits. I will also continue to question and explore, particular areas, that are more effected by climate change, particularly the ocean. Certain species that are endangered or struggling.
With the limited animals to one drawing, it triggers, loneliness, peril, helplessness, forced to migrate from home and adapt to drastic change. And what this means for our future? We are only left to wonder, as the world has been forced to live week to week in a sense, in turn, forcing the future to feel ever more, unknown.
I think it is also extremely valid to be considering all the materials, I use. Is it recycled? How has it been treated? What connections or links are there between the materials I use and the subject. A working process to honor, respect and work towards positive improvements against climate change. Using art as a voice is a massive visual aid that I believe, will help highlight and present science to a wider audience.
The wolf is in predatory mode. Balanced, fixed gaze and still. Ever so still. His eyes draw you in.
Wolves emanate mystery and the unknown. They run in packs but wolves thst have been excluded are called lonewolves. This is linked to the artist’s on solitary existence, which has been heightened during lockdown. Naturally the artist can relate to the subject or is even, the subject itself. Eye contact is the initial process of engagement in a social context. Eye contact during a conversation is a universal, unspoken, sign of respect. It shows the holder of your gaze, that you are conciously present snd open with interest. The artist is concious of individualism and What seperates us from one another. To do this by taking note of each creatures markings as it may be unique to that subject and that is very important to her.
I want my drawings to have personality. The more detail I can obtain, the more I am able to capture the uniqueness of an animal.
This image represents two stages of time, past and present. One could argue it represents the future too. The owl sits on a stump of a tree. His past being the tree, which is still alive or was it still alive?
She looks vacant and confused. Her home is lost and the search for another begins.
Gazing forward, she wants you to feel her loss.
Change causes instincts to be questioned. When do they help and do they not? Our survival depends on it.
Ink on primed canvas
Snakes and Rabbits: with the idea of a snake pit in mind, I wanted to create a fully loaded 2D surface. That exudes chaos. The fact that the snakes and rabbits are cut off at the edges, suggests that this image continues infinitely. Each creature is different and unique, much like us.
Prize Ribbon (1)
Describe your image
In this work the bird appears still but the dots around the tail indicate movement.
The bird is alone, in flight, the white bleakness feels infinite and unnatural.
The fascination with black and white stems from the artists interest in black and white photography and it’s ability to secure a feeling of the past.
The sole interest of this work is really the bird itself, capturing it’s physical structure in strong contrast to highlight the delicate form. How delicate nature is and the importance of balance
Ink on paper