As an artist coming from a background of graphic design I explore the potential in breaking free from the confines of static, ordered singularity.
My early work was in reaction to the macabre in Victorian butterfly displays and inspired by my desire to breathe life into them. I replaced uniformity with movement and created hand-cut compositions that appeared to be breaking free of their frames.
Each piece begins with a two-dimensional image and evolves into a three-dimensional object: fabricated in paper-based materials by hand, using a unique blend of 5 (or however many) precision processes.
Conceptually I transform natures most arresting specimens into living beings by reimagining the poses and formations of real life and translating these into compositions that help us connect with them.
My work first explored butterflies, whose varying colours and wing patterns lend themselves particularly well to graphic compositions. I continue to work with butterflies while exploring the potential in shoals of fish and flocks of birds.
After graduating from Falmouth Art College in 1993, I immersed myself in a career in Graphic Design, working at leading branding design agencies with a broad range of clients. Although rewarding and varied, my true love has always been to craft with my hands, and I realised that this was what I wanted to return to.
I started creating art for my home and for my friends in my spare time, and over a few years developed a focus on the visual drama of the natural world. Which I was able to demonstrate with my first piece ‘Great Escape’.
I also became interested in ‘multiples’, and how art can draw inspiration from the way creatures naturally appear in large numbers.
Vintage Victorian butterfly and animal displays have always fascinated me, but for one aspect: the creatures had to die in the process. I wanted to see them come alive in frenzied movement, in their natural “chaos” – rather than in regimented, grid-like patterns.
The way creatures flock or gather in the wild is fascinating, and I became interested in how this can be used in a graphic composition. The natural world creates beautiful patterns out of what can seem to be random and chaotic. But this chaos is actually choreographed by the creatures themselves – be it by communication or a shared motivation.
I dedicated myself to my art in 2015 and encompassed it as ‘Faunart’. The idea behind the name was to simply communicate the meeting of fauna and art.