My present work is a coming together of several strands which I am searching to express as a comprehensive whole.
Issues which interest me relate to distinguishing the placement of people in historical and ethical contexts. I am greatly interested in history; the unearthing of our ordinary and extraordinary past, our ancestry and our cultures help to put us in context.Why ignore one's origins?
The forgetting of the past obliterates our own knowing of how we come to be as we are, here in the current time and location. The visible reminders are largely gone, the stories of our coming into being trodden aside by the endless sweep of change. One strand of my work is to allow the connections between apparently disparate groups to be rediscovered.
I use domestic cloths to represent the past cotton industry which dominated not only my birth region of the north West of England but also the great continents of Africa, India and North America and more. The cloths are symbolic of social changes and industrial developments which still have repercussions today. Yet out of hardships came bold movements by oppressed peoples which are an inspiration for ensuing generations.
My paintings are complex, apparently simple yet with underlying
layers of concepts.
The motifs I choose to work with represent two other strands of inheritance and connection.