When I began working on "Bloom", I felt a bit overwhelmed and excited at the same time. This piece is one of the largest I have worked on, measuring 100x150cm.
But I do love to work on larger pieces, allowing more free rein to be bold and expressive. I think it feels a bit like being able to speak out louder and truer and more likely to be heard while the rest of the time in the "real world" it's more like voices lost to the wind.
I suppose that's one of the most important aspects to me of being an artist: the work I make is witness to my feelings of being alive in this body even if my voice is unheard or pointedly ignored. I'll write more about this in my next post.
"Bloom" is about a sense of growing stronger, more vital and vibrant.
I built out from the canvas with wireform mesh stitched and stabbed through the surface to accentuate the idea of expansion and growth, not constrained by the tiny box which is deemed fit for us to inhabit. Those of you who know my work will recognise this striving to step across societal boundaries as a recurrent theme.
Layers of torn calico, scrim and gesso were applied before I introduced acrylic paste and colour. If you look at the detail in the image you will see that there is a lot of texture worked there. Society is a complex entity relying on the infinitely varied abilities of its individuals in order to evolve and survive.
"Bloom" is my unapologetic response to those who favour conformity and would deny individualism and diversity.
To view more of this artwork, see it on my website here: