I work across analog and digital media – painting, printmaking, photography and video. Visual and historical research underpins much of my recent practice and I have made installations in response to materials in archived collections in the US, the UK and India. Doing so gives me the chance to engage with new visual content and create work that "left to my own devices" I never would make. While I establish the parameters of a project at the outset, the work that ultimately emerges from the research process is a surprise.
I am fascinated by the ways in which built and natural structures change over time. Layering – of ideas, images and material processes – lies at the heart of my practice. I find inspiration in the geometries of the decorative arts and architecture. Through physical processes in the studio, I explore both the regularity of repeated pattern and its disruption.
In my prints made on the etching press, I overprint multiple plates on a single sheet of paper. As a new plate is printed, previously visible and embossed areas are submerged and flattened. My acrylics also reveal themselves slowly as I build up and sand down multliple layers to reiterate or obscure an underlying structure. Each work evolves through repeated interventions until its surface invites prolonged viewing.
I love making tactile objects and until recently, material exploration in paint and print has been the focus of my work. In the last two years however, I have expanded the range of my practice to include digital photography, video installation and large-scale digital print on paper and aluminium. These media afford me new ways of exploring change and the passage of time in the physical environment.
In the Fold, ARTHOUSE1 Gallery, London, Installation detail, Acrylic on 12 sheets of 70 x 100 cm Khadi paper, 2016