Informed by both scientific and spiritual understanding, my work is an exploration of the fractal geometry of nature, a study of the architecture of organic forms as a way of communicating my fascination with its intricacies. Identifying the inherent harmony, order and regularity that exists within the kaleidoscope of the natural world, my aim is to highlight this underlying unity and develop a visual language for it through painting. Keeping my practice as natural as possible is key in yielding the results I want, and furthermore adds an intentional layer to my process through using materials that reflect the organic imagery I look to for inspiration. For this reason, I work with natural earth pigments instead of shop bought oil paints, and use foraged plant material to dye the canvas. Layer by layer, the painting grows organically in the same way that can be seen in the self-organising growth patterns of nature, determining its own development. As new layers emerge, they progressively uncover hidden spaces and depth within the immersive composition. It is through this process of building up and layering paint on the surface by which the image gets ‘discovered’, and using this consistent work habit, I remove expectation and surrender to process.
Kingston School of Art
BA Hons in Fine Art