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I'm a recent Fine Art graduate from Cardiff Metropolitan University.

St Ives, in Cornwall, is a place I find myself continuously referring to throughout my practice, due to a connection I hold with the landscape in childhood memories. In reference to phenomenology, this is identifiable as an integrated or embodied experience. Through paint I attempt to create an original visual language, to open up a refreshing and sentient perspective of the landscape.

Phenomenology allows us to explore our relationship to the world using all our senses. Central to this is the argument that the body is a form of consciousness underpinning all action, Merleau-Ponty argues that “there is not in the normal subject a tactile experience and also a visual one, but an integrated experience to which it is impossible to gauge the contribution of each sense” (Merleau-Ponty: 1945). My practice considers phenomenological experience as a way to translate and visualise an engagement and exploration of the natural landscape.

My process is intuitive, working instinctively with no preconceived notion of the end image. I begin by layering brush marks, building up the surface until the combination of gestures successfully translates these embodied experiences. I then introduce graphic line, and occasional colour blocks, as a way of breaking up the brush marks to create a pathway for visual exploration. With a basis in colour theory and aesthetics, I use colour in a playful manner as an extension of the landscape, with the aim of creating a visual energy and dynamic surface suggesting my relationship to the landscape of St. Ives.

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