If I had to narrow down my practice to one word it would be travel. Travel is the root and touchstone to my practice. Looking at the liminal spaces between destinations, I want to portray the reflective nature and the exhaustion that comes when travelling.
Through art making I aim to depict multiple elements to the experiential side of travel. I look at the reflective side to the ‘journey’ with a diaristic quality to my writing whilst responding to how we share the contemporary travel image through painting.
“Technology. The Internet, the camera cell phone and the like have not only sped up the world’s information uptake, but they have cheapened that which they capture.” (Rollins, 2011)
Social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram have given people the opportunity to share every moment, putting images into a formatted frame for the world to see and even pinpointing the time and place in which the photo was taken. Keeping my paintings to the same small dimensions (28 x 35.5), I aim to mimic the imagery we see and share in the ‘camera cell phone’ era whilst describing the exhaustion through painting images of the run down un-homely places we come into contact with when on our way to a chosen destination.
I want my work to challenge the way we visualise the contemporary tourist experience and destroy the contrived rose-tinted imagery that we are subjected to on a day to day basis. My aim is to create images that cause the audience to reflect on their own experiences without the need to pin point place and time. The work will be supported by a written journal that co-exists within the narrative of the paintings giving the viewer a more immersive experience.