My artwork is influenced by the concept of using my own autobiography or others’ biographies, discussing complex issues such as, developing sexuality, illness and disability.
My artwork, as many artists, is in a constant state of flux, influenced by, and negotiable in relation to, the developing state of the physiological and psychological changes in my own and my subject’s lives. I create installations, sculptures, prints, short films and photography and use my autobiography by utilising text to manipulate an environment and objects identified with childhood. These objects are removed from the ‘familiar, cute and safeness of innocence,’ to a cold exterior that considers the role of child as the learner and the parent as the teacher.
The environment sets up a semiotic dynamic between the audience and object, audience and artist, allowing them to interact with these signifiers, removing them from the simple state of viewing to one of experiencing and investigating an artwork.
I hope this encourages viewers to reflect on their own life experiences to inform their understanding of my artwork, to connect on a personal and intimate level, and possibly to inform and challenge pre-conceived perceptions.
The spheres of hair discuss the fragility of students’ identity, complex in its structure, easily manipulated with its interaction with the viewer, consequently changing and developing. Each sphere represents the individual in a classroom of identities, each trying to claim a space of their own but ultimately influenced by each other and by the audience viewing them.