How often do you re-hang your collection? What sparks the need to shake things up?
I try and have a seasonal re-hang. Therefore, at least twice a year I will organise a huge re-hang to coincide with the changing of the seasons. Re-hanging forces you to view an old favourite from a different angle, or room. And you are always constantly surprised as to how much you had been missing.
Are there any themes or ideas that reoccur throughout your collection?
There are a few stable ideas that seem to interplay with my collecting so far. One of the primary ideas is a simple but very firm connection to my subconscious and how it reacts to a certain subject matter. One of the most recent themes to surface, was my immediate response to art as anti-art or everyday objects with a subtle twist or sometimes not so subtle, that is, where art assumes it’s place within our lives in the most innocent or disguised ways, almost as a tease to see if you are paying attention. From as innocently as a tea cup and saucer with hand made chocolates made of human hair, I like the idea of it being allowed to become subversive, to disguise itself and to play tricks.
You seem not to be afraid of challenging subject matter, what type of imagery do you enjoy living with?
Anything that’s tough, would probably be the most direct answer. For me art and all imagery has to have a sense of self. It has to have enough substance to be able to challenge, make uncomfortable and question our opinions on sometimes quite touchy subjects. And at other times just have the presence to exist as what it is, a beautiful image. I do see a clear direction coming into my work now that is very reflective of my current thoughts on human interaction and how it has lost that personal touch, I am finding myself drawn to imagery of unconnected people, almost mad like which I am finding rather exciting. Perhaps that’s just maybe an internalisation, but I find most human interaction puerile, information has lost its relevance, and with the meteoric rise and impact of social media,we have lost truly how to connect with people, more often when you observe a conversation, it’s just a group of people waiting patiently, sometimes not even managing that, waiting to say their piece, whether it has relevance to the discourse or not.
We all have “the one that got away”, is there a particular artwork that you would snap up if you had the chance again?
There have been a few that I have missed out on by usually indecision, but one piece that I would definitely purchase if it came up for sale would be ‘pretty in pink’, a down syndrome child in pink jumpsuit. An amazing portrait, a tough subject, and yet she is so abundantly happy. A perfect combination.
Throughout your years of collecting, have you seen your “style” change, alter or evolve?
My taste, style and therefore art pieces have evolved over my time of collecting for sure. I am still drawn to the quirkier, darker, tougher pieces as I always will be, but as mentioned previously, there are always times of calm either in your personal life or psyche, and it’s those moments, when you suddenly realise that you managed to successfully stop thinking, that I often find myself staring at one of my more tranquil pieces. As I believe my collection and the process of ‘pulling’ it together so to speak, represents a very subconscious dialogue with myself, and for anybody that buys or collects art, I am not surprised to see the collection or media change. Each piece has managed to evoke or resonate at a particular time on a particular day when unbeknownst to me I was feeling either relatively forgiving or unforgiving of myself, my surroundings or the people I found in life at the time.