Mixed Media Artist based in London and Manchester.
Art has always been an opportunity to celebrate or expunge thoughts, emotions and drives within. After a stay in a psychiatric unit, a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder and a psychiatrist’s suggestion of trying a ‘creative outlet’, I ended up in a studio for months, experimenting with different techniques and immersing myself in art history.
I stumbled upon Neo-Expressionism and Abstract Expressionism, which instantly inspired me and allowed me to communicate my views on the world we live in, shaped by my disorder.
Artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline and Frida Kahlo also had a profound effect on me in the beginning, and as my practice developed, I found my own voice and began using dark yet playful humour to examine difficult and stigmatic subjects within society.
My work is a mix of surrealist automatism and direct inspiration from the world around me, experienced through the prism of manic highs and depressive lows. Heavily influenced by Antonin Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty, themes of brutality and torment within society and the torture of mental illness, I look to address how we as humans often exist as playthings whilst we scrabble around in search of our own destiny.
I also seek to raise debate through art without shying away from controversy. I work predominantly with mixed media on canvas – using everything from bubble gum to bullet cases – whilst also exploring performance art and sculpture to communicate thoughts, opinions and to distill a myriad of ideas into one piece.