My artistic practice and interest is largely orientated towards aspects of collecting folklore: beliefs, superstitions, traditions and the stories and songs of another time. I affectionately listen to and collect tales from the elderly and the young, often finding myself more absorbed with the dark, grotesque, humorous and, what some might say, ridiculous facets of these stories and beliefs. Beyond my enthusiasm for this topic and its weird and wonderful visuals, I am determined to illustrate the importance of folklore within our global society. For centuries, oral storytelling has provided communities with escapism from social repression while simultaneously communicating traditional beliefs and morals on an intimate, community based scale. Today, we are almost fully withdrawn from this concept: members of society are becoming more and more estranged with each other, creating anxiety, depression and loneliness.
By taking specific aspects from the stories I have collected, I create a canvas where I can demonstrate my own interests. While through my research and exchanges with different groups and people, I aim to provide a sense of togetherness which I feel we, as a society, are losing. This process serves both my curiosities and my ideas about the importance of community.
Although I work with mixed media, glass is a material that dwells as a focal point throughout my practice. For me, the ephemeral mysticism and suspense created by light, shadow and glass render themselves as my ideal language for storytelling.