"I use a wide range of media to create works that are inspired by popular culture often making use of narrative structure to create these works, which include; a theatrical tableaux where actors inhabit elaborately crafted sets to pose for stereoscopic images, which reads as a simple love story; a participatory project, where groups of people were encouraged to think about what it means to fall in love and write a short story exploring the theme, a book of 33 love stories was published in 2015; and several works where I have distilled classic novels to reveal only one central and repeated theme which highlights the rhythms originally laid down by the author. My method creates new and strange poetic forms which I have then re-worked into book form. I have adapted John Steinbeck's the ‘Grapes of Wrath’, Edith Wharton’s ‘Ethan Frome’ and Jean Rhys’s ‘Good Morning Midnight’.
During my residency at the Frans Masereel Centrum I will distill a well-known novel by the English writer Thomas Hardy. Here I aim to integrate extracted texts and a series of photographic images which I have started to gather, concerning the central characters perpetual movement across rural landscapes, a trope that the author is well known for. I aim to explore the potential a series of prints might have to convey these ideas outside of the form of a book. I hope that this residency will mark the start of an ongoing large scale project."
11.01.2016 - 26.02.2016