Based upon personal fears and internal conflicts, my practice is a contemporary expression of the Jugian archetype of the shadow inherent ot the subconscious of the human psyche. Under the disciplines of digital-traditional printmaking, drawing and painting, I combine the negative aesthetic categories of the uncanny and grotesque with affect theory and affective embodiment to unmask this 'other' to the viewer.

Due to the emotional, irrational nature of the shadow, I endeavour to express high-intensity emotions of fear, anxiety, dread, terror, sorrow, anguish, and impassivity assosciated with Sigmund Freud's uncanny.

Across my work, I merge the aesthetic criteria of the grotesque with the uncanny, resultin gin a framework that dictates how i deform the human figure according to notions of ambiguity, materiality, representational imagery and negative emotions. Visual styles and themes vary to correspond with the specificity of each medium. For example, drawings and kitchen lithography are 'portraits' of emotion, whereas solar prints situate themselves at the unsettling intersection of the human and 'monstrous' self.


Adopting a minimalist approach to language, my work blurs the disctinction between human and 'other' and breaks dow notions of self-identity. By resisting classification, my work invites the viewer to project their interpretation of the shadow onto the subjects.

Although my work is highly personal in its meaning and expression, I do so with the intention of producing a confrontational encounter between the exposed shadow and viewer, where the act of viewing is a deeply disturing, visceral experience. My practive relies on the afectve power of the uncanny and grotesque to move the viewer beyond their subjective identity and into the subconsicous self.

Above all, my work work is an ever-changing, metastising, and evolving exploration of my innermost self. As I myself experience the contradictions and paradoxes of the human self, so too, does my work. I hope that others will gladly embrk on this journey wih me, that together we gain a more complete understanding of what it is to be ourselves, and come to accept all our many beautiful complexities.




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