My work explores the hubris of ‘Western’ viewers looking onto canonised landscapes. The experience of drawing and photographing ancient architecture in the Middle East, months before the Arab Spring, has profoundly shaped the way I see the world.
I try not to arrive at a subject with a pre-formed idea of what I am going to produce. Instead, I aim to build a close relationship with that subject, and develop a style and method of working accordingly. This is why the tone and aesthetic of my work changes from place to place; I am responding to the the landscape, culture, and history of each specific location with my work. Even the weather – for example, the precious few hours of daylight and bitter cold of winter in Berlin –dictates the feeling of each project.
This relationship develops when I return to the studio, where I deconstruct both the original medium of documentation and the subject itself. The resulting image is complex, usually consisting of many material layers, assembled over a long period of time. Most of the works are preoccupied with viewer expectations and assumptions, and aim to destabilise those preconceived ways of seeing in some way.
I completed my BA in History of Art at the University of Oxford in 2013, and my MA in Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School in 2015. I have exhibited internationally over the past decade, and currently split my working time between Oxford, London, and Berlin.