These are the five works that I made for the Helsinki International Artists’ Association (HIAA) exhibition ‘Dear Suomi’. The images need to be looked at larger online to see the details under all the layers. I made a statement below about the work, hopefully it gives a little insight into my thoughts behind these works.
‘I am British and living in Finland. I was brought up in Staffordshire in England which is known for it’s production of blue and white porcelain.
The images used to decorate porcelain in Staffordshire were often influenced by cultures from around the world; images that have been taken out of context and have adopted new meaning. I have incorporated images from Staffordshire porcelain into these drawings. I have also incorporated influences from Finnish porcelain and some of my own memories and motifs into the drawings.
As an immigrant from a country with a colonialist history I want to explore my relationship with Finland and how I have been influenced by Finnish culture.
The expressive painterly marks are used in juxtaposition to the illustrative drawing to convey a sense of energy, struggle and life.
Blue and white also has obvious connections with Finland and the Finnish flag.’
Here are some life drawings of a moving Butoh dancer made during a life drawing class at Taidehalli art gallery, Helsinki. Some of these drawings were made while I was moving around the space; in a few of them I moved 360 degrees around the subject.
These are some experiments with line and colour. I got inspired by some free painting at a kids event and I couldn’t resist getting involved. It was great to make a mess and experiment; it was also inspiring and fun to be around such enthusiastic young little artists! The painting made at that event is at the bottom of this post. It’s a mess, but something about it was refreshing.
I’ve been making movement drawings in my sketchbook whenever I can for some time. Often I like the results on their own, but I rarely post just these sketches; they often inform other drawings, but I like the raw quality of the sketches.