My artwork over the past year has mainly focused on the traces that the people around us and experiences leave within who we become. The form of these come to life through the animals in my artwork representing different aspects of character with pieces slotting together from generations past and present as well as new pieces gathered from my own set of experiences. These animals also help me to explore the different emotions and complications which arise in my work as an Art Psychotherapist. I work with many children and families as an Art Psychotherapist and animals often arise in the artwork within sessions, enveloping the warring of impulses and instincts with social life. These animals become symbols of feeling states, histories and the need to survive.
In more recent artwork the animals' expressions have become more dynamic. Such as the tiger no longer representing just the instantaneous anger that arises at times, but the vulnerability and fears underneath these responses. Capturing an expression makes me think of the complex layers of experience reflected and the inherited aspects from culture, family and environment. I love working with lino because the final images are always unexpected and surprising, allowing the underlying emotion to come forward. In the latest prints there have been pieces of the lino in the images, which shows an imprint of its making. I think these accidental aspects add to the process of revealing the final image. The images are not pristine reminding me that nothing is ever completely resolved, but continuously growing and adapting
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