“The Egg; the sacred sign in the cosmogony of the human spirit, revered both on account of its form and its inner mystery. From the earliest conceptions of humanity the egg was known as that which represented the origin and secret of being” — Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
Inspired by the relationship between spiritualism and evolution, my work aims to give context to an imagined world of inner transformation. My sculptural protagonists- my Karmic Human Eggs- are trapped in layers, suggesting the sediment of experience. Elsewhere in my work, dualistic energetic characters such as demons and angels enact stories of temptation and repression. Theatrical, playful and odd, these characters are informed by Jungian psychology, and the suggestion that to embrace one’s inner demon is ‘to better know thyself’.
My paintings are influenced by the colour and feeling of Paul Gauguin’s mythic Tahitian paintings and esoteric illustrated texts within early 20th century Theosophy, such as Annie Besant and Charles Leadbeater’s Thought Forms (1901). This book attempted to illustrate the formless world of thoughts as witnessed by Hindu, Buddhist, and Christian spiritual teachers. My work is also concerned with giving form to invisible spiritual and psychological states, reimagining them as fantastical, turbulent colourful landscapes.
My paintings testify to the process of their creation; dance, rhythm and movement are components of the work, resulting in a musicality of expressive brushstrokes, gestures and colours.