UnBecoming This body of work UnBecoming evolved from a series of head studies. These studies were undertaken as a way of returning to the basics of drawing. Using a mirror and photographs of my head, I wanted to explore the use of traditional materials and techniques. I wanted to develop a language of mark making that got below the skin, to create a kind of portrait behind the mask. Gradually the deconstruction of the image became almost, but not entirely, erased.
Much of my inspiration came from the existential writings of authors such as Sartre, Camus, Artaud, and Beckett, etc. I enjoyed their vivid use of metaphors using seemingly insignificant objects to describe the profound qualities of being human.
As a result I gradually started to use non-traditional materials such as wood, rope, nails and wire to re-create an image. I was excited by the metaphorical associations each material could bring to the work. I also began to include text into the artwork to expand and compliment the artwork titles.
The work included in this exhibition documents an un-becoming; a transition from two dimensions to three dimensions and illustrates the increasing importance of material and metaphor.