Video, 2011

Continuous loop

 

 

The title of this piece, inspired by an episode of South Park, is a variant of the word “Hell”, . It is based on the once common belief that if you were to dig down deep enough, somewhere under our feet is a place of fire, brimstone and suffering hordes of ‘bad’ people.


This literalism is akin to the medieval attitudes that are seemingly on the rise in American culture today, especially in the current political discourse. This manifests as a deep mistrust of science and a rolling back of decades social progress in such areas as a women’s right over her own body, gay marriage, climate science and evolution.


In addition, the piece also references the hectic pace and movement of our lives where we seem to be always working and moving from one thing to another, and where stress has become the new measure of strength. This constant busyness, distraction and stimulation is itself another kind of Heck!


The pace of the music, by contrast, provides a hypnotic distance from which to step-back and observe the spectacle that is increasingly becoming ‘our working lives’.


Music – “Just Another Day” by Brian Eno
Filmed on location in San Francisco, July 2011

Heck
 

Chiaro-Scuro

This work is a photo installation depicting ten men with their children. 

Five of the ten men are the victims of homicide, the other five have been convicted of homicide

but the viewer is given no indication as to who is who.

Is evil visible, can we tell who is a killer just by looking?

People who commit homicide also have families, they might even be fathers who somebody calls 'daddy' - in other words they can be indistinguishable from somebody we know, even ourselves. This piece was inspired by my time living in England during the Northern Ireland conflict. Just about every night on the news another man was murdered in his home and in front of his children for his role in the IRA or as a British sympathizer. Like most drawn out conflicts of this nature, it is not unusual for the son to then grow up and commit the same act in order to avenge his father or family.

The work is not attempting to blur the distinction between right and wrong, but is instead designed to question and provoke. It challenges the notion that morality is cut and dry. Given the right set of circumstances, any one of us is capable of crossing the line. This piece presents a nuanced, ambiguous, and interchangeable context that reminds us that things are not always as black and white as they seem or that we would like them to be

(Note - the images have been blurred for the internet)

Sculpture

The Sebastian Stone

Bluestone and Mock Orange, 2013

The Diana Trees

hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen,
iron and carbon atoms, 2013

Philosophia Reformata
hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen,
iron and carbon atoms, 2013

These works are an embodiment of some of the images of containers, boxes and trees found in many of my paintings. Philosophia Reformata is the title of a series of engravings by the 17th century alchemist Mylius. They represent the various stages of alchemical transformation, copies of which line the inside of the box. In this work the ‘trees’ are charred and burnt representing transformation, simplification and ‘trial by fire.’ The Diana Trees come from the name of a particular stage in the alchemical process whereby silver (represented as the goddess Diana) is transformed into a series of small ‘trees’ inside the hermetic vessel. This theme of change and process is continued with The Sebastian Stone, named after St Sebastian who was a Roman soldier martyred for converting to Christianity. This work is an interpretation of the various representations found of St. Sebastian as he appears in the sacra conversazione altarpieces of the Italian Renaissance where the Saints stand in ‘conversation’ with the Virgin, portrayed with the method of their martyrdom. This work portrays the sacrifice of matter (earth).