What stories do we tell?

I like playing with the idea of narrative and sequence.  The traditional woodcut prints of rural scenes are subverted with comic asides and exclamations.  By placing a scene out of context, it communicates a different meaning. The landscape and its buildings sit passively while the action takes place elsewhere, for any conclusions to be made.

By sustaining and subverting the rural aesthetic,

I am trying to reposition landscapes and architectures, popular culture and everyday sights - entry points that highlight the mutability of interpretation and meaning.

The Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto, wrote:  “buildings, like music, register and amplify the emotions of our times”.   This exemplifies my work.


Read a short interview here:

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