Raging Gods. Image for first chapter of initial impressions before Amazon.
Adam & Eden. Colour bleached from images before green of Amazon.
Centre of the Earth - Amazon cosmologies.
Departure - Travel into the unknown. Work in progress.
See it. Kill it. The first Kukama when an anaconda/woman falls in love.
See it. Kill it. Fearful truths learned in Iquitos - Work in progress.
Fear of the mosquito - Work in progress.
Baby Mama - Work in progress
The work startswith mapping the image through collage using photographs, historical images and then building and stripping parts of layers out to create the images, that is distilled to the final image. This will then be printed and possibly worked into through adding further colour or cutting into the image itself.
I love to use historical imagery from the antique books I have collected. Many of them are from the Victorian era and based in children's stories, fables, anthropology and/or the natural sciences. The illustrations and etchings from this period are stunning and it is interesting to animate these into contemporary narratives or compositions.
I have also started playing around with vlogging to find the most natural way to record practice and general life and the questions that I now confront are how explicit do I want to be. Its amazing the transparency and honesty that podcasters communicate. When I listen to Joe Rogan, Risk or Atlanta Monster that has just started the explicit nature of the subject matter is one I instinctively want to hide rather than share and that is a real obstacle as someone that prefers to share a giggle face to face. I feel very exposed when it comes to social media which is why you will rarely see an image of me unless its of my work or something that really spoke to me. Plus I think why would someone want to see this which is what I think about alot of the fodder that ends up coming up on my feeds. Thats why I faded out of twitter. It wasn't for me. Instagram, I can do pictures. Finally if I am honest unless going out or a work meeting I really wear make up as I cant be bothered although I love it. Scarlet lipstick and clean eyes that make you pop. Work and family are the thing, a little for shits and giggles and everything after that is an A+ if I remember to do it!
The next sketchbook will focus on the gold weights that I have been designing as part of my current residency at a womens charity. There is a fascinating history behind the research on this one or at least I y
think so when you consider old African kingdoms that you now usually hear about because they're related to a fine weed strain but the Kush kingdom was a fascinating one with gold dust settled in the dirt of the streets. Must of sparkled something beautiful!