2nd Year Painting
A series evolving from an on-going investigation into cultural cross-sections.
Thomas Evilley writes in art and otherness:
When one culture regards the objects of another, those objects are instantly incorporated into an alien mental framework; they are helplessly interpreted through some habit of thought different from the habit of their makers.
I attempted meaning to objects and dress that was essentially meaningless. The beads and dress came to represent not just my own identity but as a kind of metaphor set up to resist interpretation. In them I’m trying to manifest something (a culture) that does not belong anywhere or to anyone and through the tension set up between the real and the imaginary my hope was to create figures who refuse to explain themselves.