My work combines photography and glass and uses layering, shading and montage techniques to create distinctive compositions. The images are screen printed and fired onto the glass before being etched and often hand painted.
I exploit the inherent qualities of glass by layering the images and turning two- dimensional photographs into three-dimensional works. Reflections and transparency play a key role in creating depth and movement and allow a narrative to develop. The images are often altered in scale or perspective to accentuate the mood of a scene and its impact on the viewer, or to highlight beauty in the seemingly ordinary.
I like the imperfect and sometimes unpredictable results of screen-printing by hand onto glass as well as the fact that I will never have two prints quite the same. Using this method gives me the gritty and timeless quality I seek. The hand painting, by contrast is an age-old technique, practised in the same way for the past several hundred years. Mixing contemporary skills with traditional ones reflects my desire to reveal elements of history in more contemporary settings. And etching the glass also allows me to solidify areas or choose where I want colour, adding movement and depth. Lighting, whether artificial or natural, is integral in creating a somewhat fantastical representation of what is otherwise an ordinary scene.
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