"I have long, indeed for years, played with the idea of setting out the sphere of life-bios graphically on a map"
_ Walther Benjamin, A Berlin Chronicle, 1978
The website will develop as I withdraw and revisit it from time to time. I hope to make it easier to guide your way through the work. As we saturate ourselves with technology, overstimulate ourselves with visual imagery this website hopes to adapt: the information and imagery becoming easier to find, places to rest, the choice to navigate is yours!
It has been my long-term plan to develop a series of images that reflect the art in science, to develop art and multidisciplinary collaborations, challenge the norm and provide a safe place to explore new research. The images show where it all began for me, as a student geologist mapping the Sub-Alps close to Castellane and the Gorge du Verdon in the Haupte Provence region of France with a 35mm film Pentax camera. The folding and gravity gliding structures of the La Batie Limestone mountains providing a vessel and metaphor for later research. Who would have known I would return to these images years later and the beginning of an investigation into photographic 'Mapping Projects'. The projects create a backbone for my visual art work and photography, a vehicle to embed the story.
MAPPING I-III. The Biological, Geological and Evolution are a collections of images that are interlinked, they are connected and the relationship between the images often guide the visual experience. Using a multidisciplinary and sometimes collaborative approach, I combine different photographic and mixed media techniques to map what is biological, geological and evolutionary. I think of the body as my map develops around different projects. A body that biologically changes as the geology changes, as it all changes with time.
The collection experiments with layering, deconstruction and reconstruction. It reflects fragility, geometry and displacement. It tests boundaries both human and environmental and reflects on the affect of those distortions on our well being. The portfolio intends to reveal an intrinsic and subliminal feeling of how our internal and external worlds collide, just as art and cartography collide in map-making. The abstraction provides a safe place for the audience to view the art. The images ambiguity often foreshadows the future, sometimes complex and often set in a fluid and liquid environment.
THE FUTURE is unknown both biologically and geologically. As the world shifts and changes around us, we try to learn to pre-empt and adapt to our environment. We try to understand the impact of human behaviour and our interaction with the world. How technology and our socio-economic environment directly affects our future. We try to do something about it, through art, through visually stimulating stories, through collaborating and connecting with others. All we can do is keep trying!