Drawing for me is another form of thinking, and the root of my art practice. I draw to identify myself, to process and make sense of my feelings. As I draw, I pinpoint and play with particular emotions, the unruly and uncomfortable ones. I visualise these into graphic variations of animal-human hybrid creatures. My drawings offer allegories: discourses of power tensions between women and men, adult and child, humanity and the natural world, searching for the animals that lurk within us still.

By choosing to use a stick not a brush, often drawing with my non-dominant hand, I work with and against restriction. I work with ranges of scale and space, disassembling and reassembling my drawings to exaggerate and communicate different levels of power and attention. Recently, I’ve been using cut-outs, collage, and stop-motion animation to pull my drawings from the page, heightening disruption and intimacy.

My practice evolves and develops from project to project. Each providing me a place or a purpose to rethink, reinvent and reframe my drawn creatures – continuing their nomadic journey from one site to the next.

My work is not shy 

My work is not neat 

My work is not patient

My work is not weak 

My work is unruly 

My work is aggressive 

My work is  a b o u n d i n g 

 and it knows how to listen

kick 

smack 

scuff 

rub

hold 

hug 

hide

glare 

grab 

bite 

My work is my shadow 

reverberation of thought

bold 

brave 

unafraid

Artist statement