A Wounded Surface

 

This body of work, A Wounded Surface, begins with a collection of my family’s formal photographic group portraits, gathered at symbolic rites of passage. The suggestions of certitude, familial togetherness and happiness of the photographs give way to physical and emotional vulnerabilities in the process of painting. The painted figures become less and less specific, dissolving until only vestiges of recognisable forms remain. There is a wounding to the painting’s surface as much as to the human form. The surfaces of the paintings are disrupted, transgressed, broken and discoloured. They show the residue of what once appeared whole – the family photograph, the familial unit and the body.