Artist Statement: In the Japanese language there exists a word, Ma, which roughly translates to a gap or space. It denotes the concept of negative space, described as “… as an emptiness full of possibilities, like a promise to be fulfilled.” The original character for this word in Japanese is composed of the characters “door” and “moon”, depicting “A door through the crevice of which the moonshine peeps in.” Perhaps the communicative potential of a language can be fulfilled within this domain, within the pregnant silence between each uttered word.
In my practise the medium of paint is examined through the lens of language. My work aims to provoke a reconsideration of the ways in which language affects conceptual understanding. This is reflected through the spontaneous creative process of the work, in which archival and original writings in prose and poetry are covered and revealed by painterly mark making.