Day Job exhibition
I moved to London just over a year ago after having lived for a year in Cochabamba (Bolivia). As with any major change in my life this also had a knock on effect on my work. The thing that struck me most strongly was the fact that social normality and expectations play such a big role in life, people take themselves very seriously and there’s a clear image of what is accepted and what is bizarre and strange. People are fascinated by curiosities but remain at a safe distance. This is how my series ‘Day job’ came to be. The series looks at numerous traditional costumes which are present all around the world and have been for years in most cultures. Modern development and major religions such as Catholicism have over time largely eradicated these customs and distanced us from these types of expressions of ourselves.
I believe that we read emotions and communicate ideas the best on a tangible level, in my paintings I attempt to use textures and an array of materials to show what it is that fascinates me about the costumes and people I portray.
Whilst in Bolivia I also investigated the relationships between people and nature. The connection the Bolivian people felt to nature and their land captured my fascination. The way that shaman witches markets and pagan ceremonies interweave with everyday life seemed to make life more acceptable for the people.