Have you ever awoken from a vivid dream and tried hopelessly to recollect it?
These images are meditations on evanescence, a response to the way dreams elude us, abstracting and vanishing the more we try to recall them. Like fire, water and smoke. Not unlike the process of making art.
The figures in my work are sleepwalkers. In heightened states of mind. They all seem mute or muted.
Throughout these images, I have cast a small repertory of quite minimal pictorial elements.
The calligraphy brush, a tool for turning inspiration into forms, draws no lasting shape.
The gold-leaf screen, a medium on which to make art, is merely liminal.
And moments of contact between the human figures are just as illusory: shadows touching shadows.
The Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi nurtures the authentic in its embrace of three realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.
Content warning: Some nudity
This exhibition is a Pride Amplified event as part of Sydney World Pride 2023