Egg 2016, oil on canvas covered board, 30.5 x 51 cm

Swing Time! 2017, oil on panel

Summer 2017, oil on canvas

On hold for 20 minutes 2017, oil on canvas

Walking through long grass 2017, oil on panel

Cocoon I 2016, oil on canvas, 41 x 31.5 cm

Cocoon II 2016, oil on panel, 50.8 x 40.6 cm

Cocoons is an ongoing series that adopts expanded approaches to self-portraiture, exploring recurrent motifs to picture tenuous emotional landscapes. These approaches to picturing a transient psychic space reach for a magical personal solace in their archival rendering but ultimately absolve themselves as an optimistic exercise in humouring and normalising the vulnerability of everyday failure.
A desire to go back to bed, to fold oneself into a beanbag, to wallow, are evoked across this work. These transient states of dread, inertia, vulnerability, sadness or overwhelming ickiness are presented as figures in obscure landscapes. A mysterious body (or shrouding of a body) is continually depicted in a palette of soft colour, simultaneously seducing and repulsing its viewer, and perhaps the figure themselves. A continual appearance of this ambiguously cocooned form pictures a site of both comfort and discomfort, dread and content, an immersive arena to mull, ruminate and worry in the safety of a soft enfolding.
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