I create ambitious and richly embroidered large scale wall hangings exploring what it is to be human, drawing on symbolism and colour theory as a means of nuanced and imaginative story-telling.
Games Room, 2022, 31" x 42"
A playful and unexpected composition, this image depicts a games room with a monkey juggling in a niche. While there is an overall sense of fun and frivolity to this piece, the inclusion of a wild animal performing in a domestic setting raises questions around our sense of entitlement over the natural world, and how far we are willing to exploit it for our own consumption. This is a topic I consider in much of my artwork. The colour palette is somewhat sombre, mirroring the gravity of the questions raised by this piece.
Nature Morte, 2022, 31" x 42"
This embroidery goes further than Games Room in its enquiry into our sense of entitlement over the natural world. The juggling monkey reappears but it has been reduced to mere surface decoration on a man-made domestic object. While the colour palette is discernibly more optimistic, the piece still has a slight sense of unease given the odd direction of the light source and the strong shadow it creates. The visual impact of Nature Morte is further strenghtened by the heavy and disproportionately large obelisk placed next to the vase.
Ascension, 2022, 34" x 52"
Designed to hang in a child's nursery, this piece celebrates the natural world, children and motherhood. On the surface it is a serene depiction of an animal standing in the light of a partial eclipse. But the tumbling, abstract clouds interlaced with orbiting planets gives this piece a mythical, almost divine feeling. This sense of other worldliness is enhanced by the ambiguous nature of the animal.
I created this artwork to articulate the duality of motherhood, being at once the most ordinary and extraordinary thing one can undertake. The stillness of the creature existing alongside swirling clouds furthers this sense of duality. Ultimately I wanted to create a piece that speaks to the shifting yet simultaneous realities of motherhood, one that captures its ambiguities and tensions and yet ultimately celebrates its wonder.
Collections III, 2022, 20" x 30"
This piece shows an interior setting made surreal by the inclusion of a nightscape and an oversized shell contained within classical niches.
I created this piece to explore the implications of mankind's activities on the natural world; the niches point to our attempt to collect and tame nature for our own consumption, often beyond responsible limits while the sombre colour palette serves to further the artwork’s slight sense of unease.
Abundance, 2021, 50" x 75"
This is a joyous piece celebrating entertaining, family, friends and nature. Designed to hang in a dining room, figs, pears and vessels dominate the image, drawing inspiration from traditional still life paintings. The figs are also reminiscent of my childhood home, where we had a fig tree in our glass house and where my parents entertained in the same room. These gatherings were a source of excitement and revelry, with abundant food, drink and music. The appliqué curves are reminiscent of flowing rivers, symbolic of life, while their green colour symbolises nature and its bounty. Stars are a recurring motif in my work, and are used to elevate the subject matter and lend a literal interpretation to the wonder in the everyday.
Natural World, 2019, 58" x 100"
This was my first large scale embroidery, created for my first born son in 2019. It is a celebration of the natural world and of family. The tiger and elephants were sketched by my mother and my sister respectively, which I then copied onto fabric and embroidered. The hippo is the only non-representational animal, which instead comprises imagery associated with places we visited as a family.