Title - 6704-13                                                      Dimensions 133 x 112 x2 cm

"My starting point was identity, our discontinuous and constructed histories, and how they are expressed in the landscape of the face. Juxtaposing, youth, middle age and old age, moving across both familiar and unfamiliar faces, I interspersed blank spaces of possibility, offering a canvas for the viewer to create a narrative, as we do in life.

The hinterland of this work lies in recognising the veneer of civilisation, and the heart of darkness deep within what it is to be human. Discontinuous histories are forgotten,histories buried in the palimpsest of the ‘formative’ values of the time.

Looking back at my note books I came across this and it rang true:

"We take home and language for granted; they become nature and their underlying assumptions recede into dogma and orthodoxy.The exile knows in a secular and contingent world, homes are always provisional. Boarders and barriers, which enclose us within the safety of familiar territory, can become prisons, and are often defended beyond reason or necessity.”                      

 Reflections on Exile by Edward Said