I have been working on a series of projects recently:
1) Child poverty. Using painting, collage, mixed media and some printmaking I have produced over 50 new pieces of work, during lockdowns, to attempt to explore, respect and honour children and families living with poverty in the UK. Some of these images can be seen within my gallery on this Warwickshire Open Studios website. More work can be seen on my own website. I will return to these themes in the Spring.
2) Currently, I am developing my mosaic work by examining masculine bodies, some of which can now be see on my own website, a link for which is provided below.
3) I undertook some printmaking projects, late last year, focussing on two interdependent themes; Being a Mom; and Being a nurse. These can also be seen on my website. I am now about to begin working on 'Being a Nurse' again, by specifically focussing on the hands of nurses and how they help us understand the emotional labour within nursing.
I use mosaic, collage and printmaking to explore linked personal, conceptual and contemporary themes, including: fatherhood, family, social justice, well being and social change.
For me, using diverse methods, mark making, materials and techniques allows me to create art in a way that illuminates the breadth of my concerns and interests. It allows me to experiment, change and develop my work in differing ways. However, using one approach, like cutting stained glass, often helps develop my work within another approach, such as tearing prepared papers for creating collages, which is really creative, exciting and stimulating.
My concerns are grounded in doing, researching and writing about health, care, poverty, well being and public health over many years. Most importantly, my work is inspired, on the one hand, by traditional practices, for example Graeco-Roman art, but also, on the other hand, by Modernism. Modernism, I believe, rejects relativism and fatalism and offers the creativity, dynamism and optimism necessary to understand and represent our contemporary experiences in our fast changing lives.