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Statement


AIR Amargeti (Cyprus) 2010

                  

Experience the sensation of seeing and its ability to evoke without words as an intermediary.  MDB 2012

 

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My art investigates and challenges my cultural and personal assumptions about visual aesthetics and I am continuing to develop a visual sensitivity that recognizes and can qualify what is art.  I make artworks that eliminate, during making, culturally formed aesthetic judgments and interventions.  My art-making is informed by feeling rather than by any imposed dogma and tested against a 25 year career that has been conditioned by working within the confines of a formalist tradition.  I attempt to make artworks that overcome my impulse to compare and transform my work into what I have been conditioned to think Art is.  MDB 2010

 

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Experience, knowledge, and understanding; intuition and feeling; contradiction, ambiguity and contrast all make their contribution     to the debate: Can I make Art that is not limited by my conditioning?  MDB 2008

 

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I have been working as a professional artist for 20 years.  I sculpt in clay, plaster, cement, resin, metal, wood, stone, cardboard, paper, recycled materials and found objects.  I paint and draw in a wide range of oil and water based paints and mark-making mediums.

 

A "sense of place" is intrinsic to my art-making.  I make artworks in response to the particular environment I inhabit and to the people and the culture around me.  Since graduating in 1985, I have travelled widely in Europe, Africa and Australia studying their indigenous peoples and their cultures in an attempt to understand diverse artistic and cultural traditions. 

 

My method of working is to collect found objects, packaging and anything I find visually stimulating.  I then select from these found objects and from objects I have made, painted, constructed etc, objects that "sing" to one another through their form, colour, texture; placing them in a two or three dimensional space that is activated by these objects, a space that is reciprocally dependant on everything within it.  Through my art I am questioning the current Western aesthetic and my decision to work within or without this aesthetic is informed by feeling rather than by an imposed dogma.  MDB 2008

 

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