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Reflections - A Self Portrait

Reflections - A Self Portrait

I remember my childhood as a stark contrast of love and happiness, combined with shadows and sadness. My family was my refuge, whilst my school life was a matter of survival of the fittest, which didn’t include me. A solitary child, with a rather quirky outlook on life, thanks mostly to my wonderful relationship with my rather eccentric Grandfather, meant that fitting in was never an option. My family were very practical, if something broke it would be fixed, often very imaginatively and I was surrounded by the idea of ‘Make do and mend’. My Granddad was a carpenter who thrived on ‘fixing things’ whether they were broken on not. My Nanny, a trained theatre nurse and housewife had the ability to make anything from anything, and my mother, a textile teacher, provided me with an environment where I was encouraged to express myself through arts, crafts and later through writing. I had great difficulty learning to read and write, I would look at words on the paper and feel intimidated. I felt excluded from this wondrous world of the written word. I would listen to others read aloud and feel envious of their ability to understand, I found myself getting lost in the words I was hearing and determined that I would no longer be excluded from what I saw as the magical world of stories.

This almost obsessive interest with text has shaped much of my artwork and more recently has become the main focus. I am intrigued by three different aspects of text, the aesthetics, the intention behind the words by the author and the interpretation of the text by the viewer. Text by definition is a means of communication and within art it is a powerful tool that enables you to more closely explore the connection between the artist and the audience.