Repurposing objects, transforming everyday material.
Abandoned objects fascinate me, which is why I collect them: to give them new meaning.
I like to think that they find me rather than the other way round. I see them as lonely elements, therefore by taking them in, I'm allowing materials to live on beyond their expectation and become part of someone's life.
"Door Series" is a serendipitous project that stumbled upon me on my daily walks in quarantine.
Every household was redoing their house, so I'd find many doors in the streets or in the skips.
They became my large scale canvases to work upon: the doors reminded me that even though we may have been locked in at the time, the doors would have re-opened again.
windows and mirrors
Windows and mirrors offer me different outlooks, depending on how they are used. These objects were disregarded, even though in my eyes they still had so much to say.
Mirrors challenged me to observe myself non-judgmentally, to paint exactly what was reflected without internalised distortions.
The windows are an ongoing project for an outdoor art trail. Each one is dedicated to a different fruit and will be exhibited by being hung from a tree.
"Ceci n'est pas un vagina" is a miniature world set on my body.
In quarantine I started to observe my intimate surroundings in a new way, up close and personal.
I drew mini me's, with their own backdrops (using watercolours) then placed them in between my pubes. By taking up close pictures of the set, the body hair merges with the scene, intensifying the narrative of the picture as a whole.
I find that even though they are pictures of intimate parts of my body, they become socially acceptable to share because of the transformation that occurs by changing its view.
"Restriction" is an invitation to being touched.
A photo of my legs is framed using my own body hair, in which the waxing strips were sawn together to recreate an anatomical effect.
I made it in response to femininity, where for most of my life I have felt less feminine because of an abundance of body hair- influenced, unfortunately, by societal standards that are rooted within us and shape our life experiences.
This work reclaims the female body as nature's gift, ever-changing, with the woman in charge of change. Since the creation of the work, I've found deep acceptance and healing in sharing part of me to the world.
The work was exhibited at Empower me! @G39, Cardiff.