The world depicted in my work exists ‘alongside’ or simultaneously to ours, with a different pacing or amalgamation of real things. Rather than working within a narrative structure, I aim to portray ambiguous psychological states that arise from a specific pool of images, experience, and knowledge. The premise of this methodology is that one’s phenomenological experience is the only available reality, and as this lens is inherently limited by its subjectivity, meaning is thereby created in a fantastically exclusive yet multiplicitous way. I chooses to work within the framework of ‘fictional reality’ to engage my subjects in honest terms – to acknowledge the strange light that is cast by one’s internal lens. The outcome is not a state of surrealism, but an assertion that one’s experiences of the so-called “outside” world are as emotional, weird, and difficult to determine as they seem.
My aim is to work in ambiguous yet emotionally charged terms: to illustrate for a moment a disorientating space somewhere on the thin and permeable limit which separates one’s internal realm from the concrete world, known from unknown, non-fiction from mythology.