Words from the artist.
I am interested in examining the role that painting may, or may not have in the representation of history and everyday life. Not the banal, ordinariness of everyday life, but the everyday as portrayed in the media. Currently, my practice revolves artistically around the engagements between painting and photography - and the ways in which we are affected by the mass media.s treatment of domestic traumatic events such as murder, violence, abuse, misogyny and the dismal representation of women in the media. My work also questions the primacy of perpetrator over victim promoted by our popular press and installed into our collective memory (After all, who can forget Dennis Neilson, Fred West, Peter Sutcliffe, Ian Brady and Myra Hindley? And who can remember the names of their victims?). In the light of recent traumatic news events - with three men sentenced to life imprisonment for the multiple killings of women - it feels as though very little has changed with regards to our attitudes to women and violence. It also appears as though there is little we can do to change a society (culture?), and a media that presents events like this as entertainment, whilst accepting no blame, or shame, for the part it plays in shaping that society.