Goyas black paintings are a great inspiration, I've loved them for many years, but I'm just recently noticing the influence seeping into developing ideas. Separately to the interest in those paintings, my eye always seems to be drawn to odd, off beat things; dried up seed pods, a decaying puffer fish found on the beach, bad taxidermy in a crumbly old museum, abandoned buildings, overgrown clustered plant life... in documenting these things, either drawing or photographing, the scale and context are removed when revisited and a small found creature, suddenly appears other worldly, unidentifiable and monstrous.
I find the area of perceived beauty of interest, while I want to explore and collate imagery that I find of interest.. through that process, I'm interested in exploring how seemingly less important and less desirable objects, items, characters etc, are represented, adopting a new status and forming an altered hierarchy.
These are drawings I'm working into from a collection going back about 6 years now I think. Compiled from life and photographs over a period of traveling, I've been picking in and out of this material for a good while now, but am attempting to collate a chunk of this to form an exhibition, sometime this year.
Like many Artists/designers, there is a desire to hold work back until one or more final solutions are arrived at and I've almost always been working towards producing products within my own practice. So this is new direction in terms of the way I go about developing work, although, its very much a return to the way I had always wanted to work during art school 'training', (whatever the hell that was) so am interested to see what direction this takes things.