Inspired by my love of humour and appreciation for popular culture, I use painting to combine layers of references to different forms of current mass media. I enjoy the irony of finding references to low culture in a fine art environment, and my work contains aspects of horror movies, comic books, television, tabloids, neon signs and brightly coloured mass media advertisements.
My current work is a series of acrylic paintings ranging in size and shape, and created using smooth, graphic lines and vibrant, shimmering colours. These colours are inspired by the brilliant glowing of television and computer screens, as well as the many colourful billboards, neon signs, magazines and mass media advertisements found in everyday urban life. The imagery in my work is original, yet contains features of various monsters found in many B-movies and horror films. I also use the recognizable forms of speech and thought bubbles, which are often found in comic books and mass media advertisements. The text placed within these bubbles is always an exact quote from popular culture that I find unintentionally humourous, and which remains humourous when taken out of context, as the bubbles always point off the edge of the composition, leaving the source of the quote to the viewer’s imagination.
My acrylic on canvas pieces are often hung together as a series, and are sometimes shown with my Tabloid Candy paintings. The Tabloid Candies are edible multi-coloured candy sticks with tabloid headlines painted on their transparent wrappers. They are displayed in mason jars, to recreate the feeling of being in a candy store, and offered to gallery visitors. These candies represent the temptation to consume low culture that exists in our lives today, and work with my other paintings to create an enjoyable pop art experience for the viewer.