As a Visual Artist I make work that helps me to make sense of my surroundings. Moving houses and living in different countries throughout my adult life has given me an opportunity to explore the meaning of home and the symbolism of the objects we choose to surround ourselves with. I see these created spaces as a stage set for our experiences. I wonder how do our domestic interior spaces reflect our lives and aspirations?
Since moving to Canada in 2005 the forests of BC have also woven their way into my work. I collect imagery which relates to the interior spaces we inhabit and the way these spaces intersect with our natural surroundings. I make drawings and collect photographs and vintage magazines of iconic Canadian homes, wildlife and scenery.
I use paper collage to explore this intersection. I work intuitively to pull together different images of rooms and furnishings. Sometimes they almost touch and I enjoy the visual tension this creates but mostly they overlap or ‘fit’ together in some way, creating new, imagined, spaces that are sometimes overwhelmed by the forest which creeps in from the right hand side or the oversized fern that dominates the living room. Interior and exterior push and pull at one another creating an elasticity and an intention to blur the boundaries of the other.
The ‘hand-made’ is important to me - I like to cut out interiors and objects which leave the marks of my scissors on them. The images I create must hold my attention – the most successful ones provoke a visceral response. I would like the work to appear comforting and familiar at first, but upon closer examination leave the viewer with questions about these strange, box-like spaces in which our lives play out.