My practice explores the layers and dualities that exist in our relationship with others and with our own selves. These works are created through a combination of paint, photographs, magazines, and adverts, and attempt to unify disparate elements into a whole which has an emotional and intellectual resonance. I am interested in the process of memory, of the way remembering, forgetting, and imagining, combine to create a visual echo of what maybe once was. The works do not refer to a specific memory, but are an attempt to evoke the feeling of a vague and diminishing remembrance.
Mae fy ngwaith yn archwilio’r haenau a’r deuoliaethau sy’n bodoli o fewn ein perthynas ag eraill ac yn hunaniaeth personol ein hun, a’r cydbwysedd rhwng y datgelu a’r ymguddio. Mae’r darnau yma wedi eu creu trwy cyfuniadau o baent, ffotograffau, cylchgronnau, ac hysbysebion, ac yn ymdrech i uno’r elfennau yma mewn i gyfanwaith sy’n ystyrlon yn emosiynol yn ogystal a’n weledol a’n ddeallusol.
Born in 1971. After graduating in Art History from Aberystwyth University in 1992, I worked as a professional musician until 2000, since which I have taught art and photography at Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera in the Swansea Valley. I returned to painting in 2014 after an absence of 20 years, and am currently based at Elysium Gallery and Studios, Swansea.
“And it is not yet enough to have memories. You must be able to forget them when they are many, and you must have the immense patience to wait until they return. For the memories themselves are not important. Only when they have changed into our very blood, into glance and gesture, and are nameless, no longer to be distinguished from ourselves – only then can it happen that in some very rare hour the first word of a poem arises in their midst and goes forth from them.” Rainer Maria Rilke