These works are a continuation of my earlier series from 2003 – “The Pattern That Connects”. I take advantage here of the possibilities made available by diverse techniques and media: paper, paper cut, monotype, print, metal powder and watercolours. At the heart of the new series is a thesis; namely, that our inner worlds are responsive to, and may even mirror, to a degree, the external world around us. And vice versa.
While I was recuperating from an illness some time back I became acutely aware of the interconnectedness of the body and the soul. This awareness has inspired me to launch an artistic investigation into the inner life. I am fascinated by the body in all of its functional complexity, by its astonishing capacity to both adapt itself to changing conditions and heal itself.
It is my desire to give expression to the inherent beauty of the human body, to evoke the myriad patterns and forms which it comprises. Organs, muscles, surface textures, blood vessels and even blood itself; these are but a few of the many physiological aspects which are ordinarily of interest only to people in the medical profession or in fields of scientific research.
But aesthetically speaking there is so much to be uncovered as one voyages among the body’s planetary systems, roams its continents with their multiplicity of landscapes and enters an endless succession of internal cavities, each with its own hidden secrets.
The mysterious inner workings of the human body lie at the centre of the life force. The state of our minds, and of our personal world as a whole, owes everything to this universe within us. Are we sufficiently attentive to it? Are we connected? Are we giving it the care it requires?