YOUR WORK FOCUSES ON WOMEN, IN PARTICULAR THE FEMALE BODY, IS THAT IMPORTANT TO YOU?
I am fascinated by the transformative strength of the female body – our bodies give life, grow, change, and continuously re-invent themselves, but we don’t really talk about it. And yet, if men did that I am sure it would be discussed a lot more…
So, I guess my paintings are a way of showing this, not celebrating per se, but showing the female form in all its guises. As an image of power, as an image of vulnerability, and as a key part of intimacy too.
YOUR PAINTINGS SHINE A LIGHT ON VERY PRIVATE MOMENTS, WHAT’S THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THESE MORE INTIMATE PORTRAITS?
I try to play with pain, intimacy, obsession, seduction and hysteria in my work. Which I guess goes back to my interest in human emotions. And I particularly enjoy exploring the power of sexuality.
I like to use art to examine the moment when that power is lost; where does the energy go? How does it transfigure into hysteria? Or desperation? And what does that moment look like? So, my paintings are often inspired by, or part of, that exploration.