This series of watercolour paintings was developed during an artist residency with in situ: theatre from May to June 2023.
Themes and imagery of Ibsen’s play, The Master Builder, are reflected throughout this work, especially the themes of falling and the control of destiny. The double exposure images present faces in two moments in time, one as a sleepwalking state, and the other as a moment of clarity that sees through the fog.
My work with portraits comes primarily from a drive for connection with people. I am interested in the line between abstraction and representational work – how few brush strokes can we attribute personality to and/or see ourselves in? Abstraction provides a broad mirror, and it also serves to make the moments that are detailed stand out as more personal in contrast.