Description of Work : Semi-abstract landscape.
The inspiration and motivation behind my work is well summed up in a quote by a photographer I particularly like called Saul Leiter. He said, “I like it when one is not certain what one sees, when we do not know why the photographer has taken a picture and when do not know why we are looking at it, all of a sudden we discover something that we start seeing. I like this confusion.” In a similar vein, I found that when you look at old and weathered paintwork, especially on abandoned boats, you start seeing what you think to be landscapes, but they’re not there at all, they just appear to be. Then I noticed that sometimes the landscape you find the boats in seems to be reflected in the paintwork of that boat. So what I am endeavouring to do is to reproduce that effect, not copy it, but use it as a reference or starting point. I like it best when something just happens, intentional accidents you might call them, and you see something you didn’t intend, but it makes some sort of sense anyway.. So in the end, a lot of it comes down to the individual imagination of whoever looks at it, and that will differ from person to person.