ABOUT THE ART
In the past I have made use of a variety of materials to produce artwork exploring a range of topics and themes.
From photography and ceramics through to painting, drawing and sculpture I have created artworks where conceptual ideas converge with formal aesthetic values.
The influence of cognitive psychology has constantly underpinned the subject matter of my work. Initially I began with exploring visual perception, education, social identity and psychological disorders.
It was when my research expanded into the field of neuropsychology that I began to look more closely at memory; how it works, how it impacts on personal and social identity, memory failure and involuntary autobiographical memory.
Involuntary autobiographical memories are memories that occur unexpectedly, without warning or conscious effort. They might be triggered by a smell, a piece of music or a visual cue.
It was while researching memory failure in Alzheimer and Dementia sufferers that I started to look at common processing and retrieval issues and memory triggers.
After working through a series of possible categories I focussed on memories based on domestic situations and everyday life. This involves objects that we most associate with the home and family living. Included in this area are furniture, ceramics, tableware, and more importantly, textiles.
The colours and patterns used in curtains, soft furnishings, rugs, carpets, quilts and clothing are common to all of us. The motifs and designs are constantly recycled and so historic textiles still have a relevance and familiarity today. Although multiple areas of textile design inform my work, the format of the quilt has become my most commonly recognised method of working.