I make flicker films: films composed of a ‘blizzard’ of still photographs. The vast majority of the 1000s of images that comprise my films are my own photographs. I am particularly drawn to texture, and I often use macro photography to see the detail in surfaces such as cheese or lichen. I work to create visual contrast or interest at different points in my process - with the camera, through digital processes in Adobe PhotoShop or Premiere Pro, or by projecting images and rephotographing. Layering is important to me – images with images and soundscapes with language. I work with texts and poetry written by myself or others.
With my background as a typographer, I am interested in the detailed structuring of a text - working out the hierarchy and the relative emphasis to give meaning through the layout, font choice, spacing and white space. To articulate in speech is the action of putting into words an idea or feeling and this action comes with gestures, pauses and vocal and facial expression. The act of articulating a text gives written words visual cues to the ideas or feeling contained within. As an artist I see my work as an articulation of things. The choice of detail and the nuances of relative hierarchies and emphasis between things (objects, materials, sounds, images) create the idea or feeling in my work.
My current project is on the theme of ‘Gesture’ – inspired by the 1930s dancer Tilly Losch and her work the ‘Dance of her Hands’. Exploring the notion of gesture as the use of movement to express thought and emotion; but also its sense as action or courtesy. I am interested in how gesture operates in the digital age where physical contact and gesture is in competition with a stream of gestural emojis. How do younger and older generations see gesture? Do the pre- and post internet generations differ? in 2020, bodily gesture become remote by necessity – by video, from 2 metres away or removed altogether.