The paintings in Short Cuts, are based on collages and use material drawn from mainstream print media. Through the process of manipulation and translation I am able to consider the disorienting nature of space and how backgrounds, either natural or constructed, are used to evoke meaning and mood.
In the resultant compositions most of the figurative elements have been removed and the unseemly juxtapositions of the disrupted settings, displaced objects of beauty and evocative textures result in disorienting yet familiar scenarios. The cuts themselves preclude the seamless seduction of advertising. The highly saturated colours, inconsistent depths of field and variety of locations in these compositions embody a lack of cogency, intentionality and are further undermined by illogical positioning and placement. Almost indiscernible snippets of hair and fabric infect the otherwise ‘clean’ abstract surfaces.