landscapes (1997-2000)

The landscapes I make are from my imagination and from real views I have seen and adapted. They may contain elements from Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Britain, or from elsewhere; from mountains, hills, islands, clouds, seas and rivers in these countries. Whether these landscapes are representational or not, I want them to appear as a grouping of shapes that are both natural and unreal, and that convey a feeling of the flow of natural energy in wind, water, rock, earth and sky. Solid, fluid and organic intermingle energies. Water softens as falling rain, flows as a river between solid banks and around an island, or freezes as ice. Trees appear from faraway as moss-like, near to as animals with shimmering pelts. The shadows cast by clouds add another dimension of life to a view.

Gardens

I was intrigued by the feeling of control in Japan, how an emotion is expressed through contrived forms. A Japanese garden is a confined space adapted and shaped to express an emotion and feeling that is not immediately apparent.

The garden prints appear as a more static assembling of shapes. I am working with the idea of control, placement, blending and references in the same way as a gardener might. As a set of simple, organic and sensuous elements, I can use these groupings to play with shape and line, not just with the shapes themselves but with the shapes in between the shapes. In the same way that a visitor to a garden follows a path, I want the visitor to my gardens to be guided softly through, to choose this place for quiet contemplation, that one for dreaming, and another for surprises.

Cloud Shadow