My work explores questions around memory, mortality and identity through emotionally charged and psychologically ambiguous objects and spaces which are imbued with history. The Whispering Gallery is informed by my own European heritage and research around the subject of Aura in art.

My subjects have an intimate, physical relationship to the body and have been handled and inhabited, they are emotionally loaded and often characterised by cultural and religious symbols. My practice looks to find the right photographic techniques to display these objects, allowing the viewer to observe them and consider their meaning in relation to current narratives and their own cultural experience. Negative space plays an important role in my work and my intention is for that sense of absence and omission to play on the subconscious, revealing something of our darker fears and desires.

My practice uses photography as a means, not only for remembrance, but as a method for preservation and restoration. The camera becomes an instrument for resurrecting archaic and obsolete objects and spaces, turning them into something new. The images of the children’s clothes are made without a camera, placing the antique garments directly on photographic paper and exposing them to light, the skin cells and body oils of their wearers seeping into the prints. The clothes may disintegrate but the life-size photograms are more than a mere copy of the garments and transform their existence. The dormant containers of rifles and pistols, crosses and medals, are also empty and falling apart, but witnessing the tangible absence of something can be more poignant than seeing the thing itself, triggering suppressed emotions and the unconscious mind.


WORKS

THE WHISPERING GALLERY; Vessels [2020]

THE WHISPERING GALLERY; Ancestors
[2020]

THE WHISPERING GALLERY; Liminal Spaces
[2020]

LIGHTSCAPES [2019]

A PERVADING ABSENCE
[2019]