When did you start painting, drawing, collaging and creating and what pushed you towards it?
I used to draw as a kid but to be honest wasn't ever very good at it. my dad is a keen photographer i can remember him developing black and white film at home and printing photos in a make shift darkroom, to 10yr old me it seemed like pure magic. when i was 19 i spent a year living in Athens, Greece attending a small photography school, i would walk around the city all day shooting photos then spend the evenings in the darkrooms developing and printing, it was here that i discovered the importance of composition and how to edit. the thing that got me about photography though was the waste, i just couldn't throw away all my test strips and misprints so i'd save them up and take them back to my apartment to cut up and create new images. it was then that i got really hooked on collage and as time went by i started using more found imagery and less of my own photographs.
How do you find the balance between the vision you have and the mediums you are using?
The restrictions of using found imagery help me with finding that balance, i have all sorts of visions in my head but i tend to let the images lead. i feel that the materials i collect and use help me narrate a story, i seldom start with an idea and then look for an image.
What inspired your style of work? Where do you get inspiration from? Are there any particular artists, photographers, painters, drawers, designers or architects you look up to?
Inspiration is all around me i just have to be in the right frame of mind to stop and look or hear it, traveling definitely helps, there's nothing like stepping out of your comfort zone to give you a new perspective on things. as for artist i saw a john stezaker exhibition when i was at art school in Norwich, UK which totally blew my mind. at the time i had been making really messy collages with loads of different elements, i didnt know when to stop. seeing him simply using two images to create amazing collages really spoke to me, it was that minimalist, saying more with less approach that i was looking for in my work, i needed to set myself restrictions.
What is the process behind the creation of a piece?
It all starts with collecting, i'm always on the look out for old books and magazines that i can cut out of; flea markets, thrift stores, house clearances, boxes full of gold on the side of the street.... i start by flipping through these books and materials till something catches my eye, i'll then cut it out and start playing around with how it can interact with other scraps of paper on my desk. some days it quickly all falls nicely into place other times i'll wrestle with bits for days till i finally find the right balance.
Would you say that there is a main thread connecting all your collages and if so, which is it?
I am a keen people watcher, i love seeing how people interact with each other and the spaces around them. if i had to choose a theme it would have to be 'what are we doing here?', can i get away with have a question as a theme ?
What kind of talks would you like to hear around your artworks?
No need for words, just a simple smile or sigh would be just great.
What would be the dream collaboration?
I am not sure to be honest, i'm always excited to work with new people on different projects, fresh energy and ideas help me keep challenging my process and practice. it's always the unexpected collaborations which are the most fun to work on. i'm a sucker for print, so maybe something printed like a book would be amazing, likewise i'd really love to work on more film and animation also 3D mural stuff.... i just want to make work to share with the world.