Arte Energia Creativa
Six of my artworks have recently been featured in Arte Energia Creativa; Catalogue of International Contemporary Artists. This book was published in Italy (2013) by Art Journal in partnership with Trevisan International Art.
THIS IS OUR LIFE (2012)
When I made this painting I was thinking about the anxieties and worries that many people experience as they silently watch world events unfold. It was triggered by the idea that the media and politicians talk endlessly about major problems in society and ordinary people watch passively as crime, conflict, social injustice, wars and natural disasters unfold. This can create psychological concerns that people find difficult to express. The work intends to convey the sense of powerlessness that people experience because they feel they can’t do anything to stop or change what is happening.
WE ARE ALL SAME (2013)
This is a recent artwork from my Abstract Wood Series. The sculpted shapes and varied portraits represent the range of political, ideological and cultural experiences in the material world that mould people differently and make them appear foreign or “alien” to one another. The thought behind this work is that although people all over the world may appear to be very different, below the surface we all share the same human condition. All men are brothers.
TURBID PEOPLE (2011)
I made this artwork to express my frustration at politicians who talk too much but do nothing. The image shows many people, all with mouths talking; they all say different things and no-one is listening. My question is “why do they go on meeting and talking when nothing happens to help ordinary people?”
In this painting I combine my dissolve and whirling techniques to explore my thoughts and feelings about the concept of desire. The central image is a woman’s torso that also creates a large male portrait. I painted the female torso with no face to express my feelings that some men treat women as sexual objects rather than perceiving them as real human beings.
This is another of my Abstract Wood Series. The large face in profile expresses a deep rage that I feel many people and communities carry inside them. This anger arises red and furious from a dark place, far down inside. It spreads to the brain and affects thinking and behaviour. These emotions are very powerful and so deeply buried that when they erupt within an individual or within a society they emerge unpredictably, violently and completely out of control.
The blind eye represents my thoughts on how many people sleepwalk through life as if in a trance. It seems that many people shut down emotionally; they appear to want to skate along on the surface of life, perhaps to avoid facing up to difficult issues. This may be a way of protecting themselves from experiencing emotional pain. Perhaps some people become worn out from the negativity of life around them or because of life’s disappointments. Perhaps they experience depression if they have been subjected to emotional or physical abuse. Society also turns a blind eye to the suffering of many people, particularly those with no power.