“Not illustration of reality, but to create images which are concentration of reality and a shorthand of sensation.” – Francis Bacon.”
My current work explores the concept of body image, using my own body as subject matter. I have employed the visual metaphor of the “wounded” body to explore the psychological space where our own image of our self is formed. This concept derives from my own personal experience of the negative connotations held within society relating to the body and how notions of beauty place pressures on the individual.
In the paintings, the metaphor of the distressed body, is constructed through the use of gestural paint on fragmented cardboard panels. The relief of the cardboard surface is used to convey a visceral experience of the body and changes in perspective represent our own distorted view of ourselves. I use the juxtaposition of edges within the fragmented surface to capture the violence of “self” distortion. This process is informed by cubism rather than being directly influenced by it. The process of overdrawing through the technique of relief allows me to convey the violence of the “self” through a combination of suggested movement and distortion of the surface.