My work draws upon a connection between the exploitation and degradation of the natural world and the subordination and oppression of women. Employing a ‘toxicity of colour’ I allude to a ‘manipulated landscape’ of highly cultured flowers and genetically modified plants; reflecting the anthropogenic impact humans have on nature and contemporary cultures of obsession with preserving youth and beauty. Painting amorphous works of botanical, bodily landscapes, my work hovers between abstraction and a residual sense of figuration. Imagining dynamic, organic, amorphous matter, filling the picture space to engulf the viewer, I use an intuitive painting style that builds a malleable sense of space and form. Using abstract impressionist processes of removal, soak staining, layering, and stencilling, my botanical, ecofeminist works embrace a sense of chance and accentuate paint’s musical and visceral qualities.
By incorporating fervent gestural marks of organic impressions in amongst atmospheric blankets and panels of paint, I place emphasis on the nebulous, obscure, and mysterious. Using luminous and iridescent hues replicated from the natural world, I consider the hyper-intelligence and otherworldliness of nature and its connection to the ethereal, fantastical and ‘sublime’. With reference to bioluminescence in botanical material and the dazzling ‘structural colours’ of nature, my paintings explore the turbulent ground between the botanical and the bodily, between beauty and toxicity between natural and artificial.