My practice involves the translation of the world that I experience through contemporary news media into large scale paintings, silkscreen prints and works in glass. Given that the meanings of words and images are largely dependent on the nature of the medium through which they are transmitted and tend to reflect the viewpoints of those who convey them- the 'truth value' of news information becomes elusive being subject to manipulation and bias. The works I create aim to reflect on these conditions and involve a complex making process.
I start by translating elements of the selected news photographs that I find the most striking into simpler shapes. I then manually transfer these to small wood blocks that I carve and use to make prints. I take photographs of these prints and manipulate them on a computer in order to arrive at a new composition. Finally, I silkscreen these images onto paper or glass, or project them onto large sheets of paper or canvas, which I then paint. The finished paintings resemble large-scale prints.
My practice reflects my interest in the works of a number of artists, including Kara Walker, Sigmar Polke and William Kentridge in terms of their political engagement and their working methods.