My work is a series of snapshots reflecting on the ups and downs of teenage life and is intended to be a contemporary social study of today’s society. Through this observation process I am commenting on the universal experiences of the teenager as I try to capture the highs and lows as they strive to take control of their lives in a time that is often very pressured for them. Young people are often seen in a bad light, so I try to highlight the positive aspects of their personalities instead of dwelling on the negative. I translate and record their stories and emotions into documentary style in stitched textile drawings picking up details that capture my attention. My work always starts with a comment or observation, which strikes a poignant cord.
I am also interested in the concept of the maternal letting go process. My research into Lacanian theory and the work of Mary Kelly’s Post Partum Document has influenced my practice. In particular I am interested in Mary Kelly’s on-going process of analysis of the mother and child relationship as she explores the issues of letting go, and tries to rationalise her own thoughts and feelings of allowing her child to grow up and become a social being on his own. It is her detailed recording process and sense of autobiography that I try to achieve in my own work.
My work, although very personal, is designed to be universally recognisable by people of all generations in today’s society. It is designed to arouse discussion and invite interaction with the audience whilst also showing the importance of family life and the importance of building relationships through the generations. The intention in my practice when using traditional methods such as silk-screen printing, appliqué and embroidery is to demonstrate to the viewer the importance of making and materials and how they have a significant place in contemporary art today