My recent work has centred mainly on the abstraction and development of images from my own photographs into which I stitch in some form, sometimes directly onto the photographic paper. I also make occasional artist’s books and weavings.
The particular reference in my work is to landscape through an exploration of the influence of man-made pattern, structure and form on the natural and (in much of this work) on the urban environment. Experiences when travelling have led me especially to consider recently the effects - good or otherwise - of modern European civilisation on the lives of First Peoples as development takes place.
This work has developed particularly from travels to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Western Canada. When I am travelling, I take a huge number of photographs of things that catch my eye, and especially of those which seem to offer possibilities for abstraction and development. Often, though, I have no idea as I photograph where developments may take me. The process seems to have a mind of its own.
|These pieces are part of a series of work based on photgraphs of a tented theatre space in Queensland Australia, exploring the contrasting effects on the landscape of the Aboriginal peoples and that of 19th and 20th century settlers.|
And these are part of a series based on photographs of high rise buildings in Vancouver, Canada, where I made allusion to the too often damaging effects of European settlers on the lives of the First Nation peoples.