about THIS BODY OF WORK
Narrative in art making is important to me.
I have approached narrative primarily through series, where I can push and pull narrative elements without necessarily presenting a linear story. My body of work is characterised by this approach.
Interrogating the story of red through accounts of its cultivation as cochineal extracted from the blood of the beetle, and reading texts accounting for its discovery by conquistadors in the new Americas of the 16th century has informed the development of my work.
Using red to describe part desire, part visionary passion in Spanish exploration, following the colourmen as they sold carmine pigment to artists, and imagining the application of the colour in European painting fuelled the narrative I wanted to tell.