Artist Statement

An empty space calls for some kind of invention; left over spaces that need to be filled. Architecture is action, space and movement at the same time.

Changing visions of a city are made up of advanced methods of construction; superimposing new concepts on the existing patterns that constitute our understanding of urban situations.

My work is based on visual-spatial thinking. I trace space using architectural forms. I recreate the model for a city, after dismantling what I have already seen in cities like Melbourne, NYC, Beijing, Berlin…I then begin to re-invent it based on the images that I traced whilst on location. By tracing I mean surveying the place with my eye….the camera helps me capture what is there, but the mind transcribes it in a completely different way. The virtual movement, the use of skimming light reflected off surfaces; pulsations, changed levels of luminosity and the interfering structures form a solidity that is captured as a still moment. Light has no visible source yet it traces outlines and delimits space. These prints capture the moment of transformation.

My interest and fascination with the way specific artists/architects initialise the beginnings of cities and buildings set me on a trail of my own; to investigate the way space is constructed on a two-dimensional level to produce three-dimensional illusions and the sensation of movement that is affiliated with our own experiences of cities and spaces. For many years, my work has involved specific forms, shapes and structures that exist in particular urban spaces. Façades, (rectangles, squares, grids and line) like masks, place a veil between what is assumed to be real and what exists beyond. From Melbourne to Manhattan and Beijing, the etchings that I produce are urban encounters that reflect city fragments. They are depicted as viewpoints, rather than literal observations that are elaborated in disjointed perspectives multiple-printed and mutated to suggest a deeper sense of space. The works contain multiple layers revealing the formal structures of the real world captured through a camera lens and reconfigured through the printmaking and digital processes. The images are based on experiences associated with ‘ stepping out’ of a familiar environment with a mission to explore the density of mass produced environments. Space becomes the positive and negative; solid and void; liquid and frozen: - the flux of urban living.

The emphasis on architecture, curving geometries randomly positioned and fragmented make up the characteristics of a generic city of the imagination.

Diagonal Trusses 2018