I clearly remember being surrounded by giants as a child. By lowering themselves from the heavens these leviathans communicated via instruction, question or reply. My infantile knowledge and communication skills forced their want of meaningful dialogue to be replaced by indulging my desires or sentencing me to an arbitrary task or punishment. I was subject to their whim. They were gods capable of giving or taking; each with their own personality and jurisdiction as I learned social structure and hierarchy. I use Germanic/Norse folklore because its gods and giants have a constant presence in English speaking countries. Days of the week are named after the gods and children are given names of forgotten Vikings. The characters' personae are also easily translated in to the modern world.
I have a goal of conjuring the viewer's primitive feeling of
insignificance and wonder that was omnipresent in childhood. By working on a large scale I can intensify the audience's reaction by generating the
perspective of a child as they are forced to step back to view the image in its
entirety. I want the viewer to feel empathetic to themselves at a prior point
in their lives.
All of my
images portray authority, power or beauty and often have subliminal
violence in an approach to create a fresh take on contemporary
investigates nature, myth, occupation and social evolution. I am greatly
interested in human interaction with subjects bordering the line between
real and imaginary which explore rudimentary human emotion and extend