My work focuses on map making, the maps I make focus on three areas that I have lived in: Whitchurch, Liverpool and Glasgow. I create maps based on either memories of areas (past), from walking and drawing simultaneously in an area and then using those drawings to create prints (present) or predictions of what could change (future). The ‘past’ maps are a mixture of memories and stories I’ve been told and have elements of childhood drawings overlapping them. The ‘present’ maps contain more words, thoughts of journeys and conversations on them. The images are also influenced by lockdown and how this changes the outlook on an area. Finally, the ‘future’ maps are questioning what will change in these strange times? and the hopes I have for the future.
I have been creating these pieces mainly through screen-printing on multiple surfaces such as paper, canvas, perspex, wood and sandpaper. I also discovered a new interest in stone lithography but due to COVID-19 and not being able to have access to the studio and workshops, my methods have had to change. For the final part of my degree I have been monoprinting (using a silkscreen), drawing and stitching.
One thing that hasn’t changed from BA to master’s is my love of colour and abstraction. I am influenced by artists such as Frank Bowling, David Hockney, France-Lise McGurn, Julie Mehretu, Henri Mattise and Helen Frankenthaler. My inspiration comes from many areas in art history with a particular love of abstract expressionists, my love of reading and nature.