Peeling apples oil on canvas – 60cm x 60cm
I have a vivid memory from my childhood of my mother peeling apples, trying to slice the peel off all in one go without breaking it. A simple and enjoyable task, and one that was fascinating to me. In the painting there is also the cautionary legacy of childhood, don’t play with grown-up things. Don’t touch the sharp knife. Here the child is intrigued with everything on the table. The apples, the peel, the sharp knife.
Orange peel oil on canvas – 60cm x 80cm
For this I was specifically thinking about time and space – literally. The oranges show various states of undress and position. I wanted to bring some tension into the work, the table is in the corner of the room, with shadow just touching the top left corner of the table.
The spare room oil on canvas – 46cm x 44.5cm
I enjoyed making this work, I have always liked the fact that the imagination can make a place magical, can bring the sublime from out of the mundane. The work speaks of departure – either on an adventure to a magical land – The Lion the Witch and the wardrobe, being one of my favourite stories as a child – or just for a change of clothes, to put on a new ‘skin’ to go out. Either way, there are two halves to this painting, the empty space of the room and the solid presence of the wardrobe – the before and the after. The shoes ‘stand out’ from the picture surface of emptiness and solidity, these introduce possibility.