Boy doll looking lost

Artist’s statement

As a painter and printmaker my art work is about my own personal experience of the fragility of life; exploring the nature of domestic warmth and the outside risks that threaten to destroy it.

I draw specifically from childhood objects – the only things left behind after a child has gone. In the presence of these objects there remain fragments of haunting memories. The playful aspect of toys can be ambiguous; at once reassuring and unsettling but nevertheless they serve to emphasise the owner’s absence. Things are not always as they appear to be on the surface and something more sinister can be going on behind the scenes. I aim to capture the feeling and atmosphere of those objects, not only at that moment in time but also what they represented in the past.

monoprint bears geese ducks toys
Monoprint 38 x 56 cm
collagraph of dollshouse
In the Dollshouse collagraph 76 x 56 cm
queen ann doll
Queen for a day collagraph print 12 x 16 cm

clown holding baby doll on knee
oil on gesso