In 2007, I began a
series of paintings entitled “Drift” which depicts the surface of a river
that is so still that it acts as a mirror to reflect the sky above. Objects,
such as feathers and leaves, move into various constellations on this
surface, and among these are tiny fragments of photographs typical of those
found in a family album. Clusters form and disperse on a plane whose
perspective is different from that of the reflected sky, disorientating the
spatial perception of the viewer.
Photographs act as visual prompts for the record of our lives; they depict
the people and places that have been important to us, and while these vary
on an individual level, collectively they are very similar. In the
representation of fragments of photographs moving among the natural objects
that drift down the river, I mean to cause the viewer to reflect upon their
own memories and the affiliations that constitute their intimate life within
the broader framework of the enduring cycles of nature and the vast changing
sky that surrounds us.