I often paint with mixed media, collecting objects and found materials. Wherever possible, I use reclaimed materials to paint on. I like to extend the life of the things that would otherwise be thrown away or forgotten about, continuing their story. This hidden information is layered into the paintings to be either revealed upon closer inspection, or obliterated by further layers of paint. The collaged materials have personal or universal significance to time and place.
This current series is in response to the time I spent in India. Of all the places on earth it seems to me to have more textured, vernacular layers of humanity and nature combined than anywhere else. I spent a lot of time contemplating each place and imagining stories of the passing time, people living there experiencing birth, death and everything in between. I chose to observe in the early mornings when there was relative stillness and the buildings themselves seemed to exude many years of history. I meditate on the humbling thought that the atoms of the stones, dust, air and all of nature have been recycled and taken so many forms, and how in this sense we are all billions of years old.