My art practice begins with an autonomous exploration of the captured image through digital photography. The immediacy of a photographic shoot is an ideal tool for collecting ideas and developing a trajectory of enquiry about the architectural environment in which we live. The stillness of architecture is synonymous with the immobility of the photographic image. My intention has been to disrupt the stillness with the layering of movement through video and/or the narrative of sound.
From these independent project beginnings, the way forward has been successful through team work and collaboration with other creative practitioners. It is as if the autonomy of my art practice becomes alive and reliant on the participation from other human beings. So far, I have worked alongside writers, musicians, sculptors, curators, and architects and others who perhaps do not fit a particular label or creative specialism.
I have a particular interest in finding ways to make visual art accessible to a broader audience. For example, Chimerical Waypoints 2014 (see documentary) became a combined exhibition with my counterpart Jon Lockhart. Jon and I collaborated on the delivery of a public discussion and a live gig by local musicians that attracted a mass of music fans into a visual arts space.
The sharing and testing of ideas is a working methodology that can be traced back to my MA year at UCA Canterbury 2010-11. It was during tutorials and student forums that ideas presented visually could be deconstructed and explored. Often, it is outside of the white walls of a gallery space that inventive and radical ideas can take shape and form. Leading to the development of interesting commentary's on our life experience.
We live in a time where imagery, especially photography, is fired at us at a rapid pace of dissemination through social media and the commercial world. It is easy to give in to complacency and to over-consume on this constant feed of multiple visual debris. To have an evolving art practice, makes one select, pause and think and it creates a space for observation and comment. It is from this space of enquiry that inventive works of art can be made.