"My paintings are about the intersections of different cultural influences. Growing up in London, I had the privilege of living among diverse traditions, and I continue to do so in Boston. I paint cross-cultural landscapes with Monetesque brush work which reflect the plural world in which we live. In my work, I reference Anatolian Kilim patterns, Asian ceramic designs, Bruegel’s landscapes, and Boston architecture.
My art does not provide a single, all-knowing narrative as with 19th Century landscapes, where viewers can project themselves into a deep perspectival space. I paint a shallow space where the illusion of deep space and flat symbolic space coincide—there is no ‘original’ field, only translations, and re-interpretations. Rather than be told what the world should look like, the viewers are confronted with paint on canvas and invited to make their own interpretation.
I am interested in the meeting points of where one element such as a flat, giant scorpion symbol resides next to an image of industrial smoke stacks (located outside my studio) or parts of Bruegel’s landscape; or how at the intersection of two elements a whole new configuration can arise. These transition points provide a platform for re-thinking community. I depict this space of cultural exchange, where one world view does not over dominate the other—instead each element relies on one another for continuum."