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As an artist I am interested in the human response to the material world around me and I express my ideas by using and juxtaposing, everyday items in still life compositions that explore the relationship between objects, things and how they can be used to represent multiple facets of material culture. My visual strategies being less literal, and more ambiguous, using everyday items to explore the allegorical, and metaphorical, possibilities of still life composition. My images are intentionally ‘minimalist’ in style and focus on the use of patterns and textures to explore the reciprocal relationship between artefacts.

Heidegger’s philosophy of 'being towards death' and the notion that the human response to the world operates within a continuum of fixed extremes, has started to become a feature of my studio enquiry. Developing this philosophy has introduced me to the concept of exploring the material qualities of artefacts; and how the ethereal nature of objects, and their transition to things can be used to explore the transient nature of life, materiality, and culture.

My first, conscious, aesthetic experiences were looking at the sculptures of the Stations of the Cross on the wall of my local church, along with the magnificence of the colours of the priest’s vestments worn during mass. The concept of life, death, and the value of piety over gluttony and earthly pleasure never far away. Consequently, the ritual of worship, the staging of the alter, and the power of symbolism to reinforce the doctrine have long formed part of my visual repertoire.

A combination of my formative cultural, and aesthetic, experiences, Heidegger philosophy, and an interest in the allegorical nature of Christian art that have informs this series of images. Drawing upon the 16th century nature morte, and vanitas, paintings of the Dutch golden age, I have juxtaposed everyday items alongside with traditional Christian, and non-Christian, imagery to explore the use of allegory and symbolism in still life images and to reflect upon the hierarchy of artefacts in a modern, more secular, age.