I’m an artist based in East London, UK. I’ve enjoyed making art since I was very young, often absorbing artistic references guided by my parents who were both trained artists and art historians. I grew up in Australia and Italy before we settled permanently in the UK.
I treat painting and drawing as a therapeutic process. I do it to release energy and work through problems. I draw on a daily basis as part of a morning ritual, and I throw myself in at the deep end on weekends, and when I’m not working. In order to start a piece I first try to send myself into a bit of a trancelike dream state, shutting out reality for a while.
My main influences are Anselm Kiefer, particularly his huge apocalyptic landscapes; mixed discipline/sound artists including Rioji Ikeda and Max Cooper; existential literature and absurdist theatre. I use visual cues (lights, torches, loud speakers) that are also influenced by Luigi Pirandello’s ‘lantern-philosophy’.
‘We live with an awareness of enveloping darkness because we carry within us a little light that projects a circle of light around us and causes us to perceive everything beyond it as darkness. This is the light of consciousness, that aspect of our makeup that makes us different from trees by conferring on us the sad privilege of perceiving ourselves live’ (translated from Sentirci Vivere).
I am often inspired through my day job as a consultant at a non profit think tank . I specialise in localist strategies which put an emphasis on driving social progress by empowering local communities to take charge, owning their local agenda and deciding the future of the places in which they live and work. In my artwork these communities are often represented as lanterns or torches which fill their surrounds with a cacophony of colour, movement and light.
I am an optimist and I aim for this to be reflected in my work. Now more than ever we need pluralistic depictions of our future – what could our world look like? Through my work I often return back to the core concept of a ‘good place’ or ‘eu-topos’. Over time this word has dropped off the radar, replaced by the more commonly used ‘u-topos’ or ‘utopia’, meaning ‘no place’.
I work using mixed media – acrylic, wax, oil pencils, watercolour pencils and soft pastel.