Increasingly our lives are mediated by digital screens, creating a sense of a divided consciousness, of being present but also absent in how we experience our personal interactions with others.
My practice has explored the “absent presence” of family and friends; the individual in isolation, waiting, and feeling under threat.
Concepts of transparency are reflected in my work, sometimes using the silhouette and empty public spaces at night, to denote an absent presence. My work explores light, using the cyanotype process to allow images to emerge and create their own presence. Illuminated foil casts a shadow presence in my video work. The process of layering with acetates, paint and using segmented Japanese Gampi paper can act as a filter through which one experiences and interprets what one sees.
I am interested not only in what is present, but also in what is absent from that presence.