'Thinking about a direct link between our bodies and the landscape is the way into my ecological mind. The understanding that we are just a step in the sequence of nature allows me to eradicate the notion that I am different / special / deserving of privilege over non-human parts of the network. Covid-19 has been a stark reminder of the power of a microbe to undermine human systems. While I believe our own species to be extraordinary in many ways, the separation of humans from nature is an illusion.'
The paintings evolve in a balance between spontaneous gesture and carefully considered judgements - my previous landscape work offers a way to navigate the shapes and indeed there is a kind of plotting and mapping that occurs within the works. The landscapes are familiar yet unrecognisable. They might be the contours of coastlines or land masses seen from above, the map of a path or the outline of an organism. In fact, the shapes are taken from negative spaces in previous paintings. The way these paintings come about is through a process of recycling, remaking, adapting. Human and non-human bodies weigh in on each other, measuring and affecting the next thing, like the transmission of a virus. The paintings speak to an interweaving of human construction and the flow of a complex network of non-human actors.