Central to my process is repetition. I repeat marks, images and brushstrokes from previous paintings into each subsequent new one. I’m interested in the idea that every time I repeat a mark it changes- much like each time you recall a memory it changes. The incidental mark making that occurs when painting is also an important part of my process by which elements of newness or surprise can enter the work. These unplanned marks find an association with the unconscious and take the work in a new direction both visually and emotionally. Paintings start from one position and end up somewhere unanticipated and new, but somewhere new that has a resonance with me. I feel they often throw up ‘new’ memories. Allowing associative thought to play a role pushes the painting along and creates new ideas for further works.
Through my repetition of paint marks from painting to painting, I create a kind of ‘genealogy’ of marks; that connections can be unearthed and excavated from the work. My paintings have become a sort of world building (‘fictionscaping’) out of my own archive of marks that grows with each use.
In this way I see painting as a repository of time and memory. As the work progresses the lines between memory and fiction, past and present become blurred and make way for something new. The marks change and develop to be used again in future paintings thus constantly propelling the work forward while also looking back to the past.