Artist Statement

Artist Statement

My art has been heavily influenced by music and my experiences that have co-existed alongside my music career. Starting as a Jazz drummer when I was very young, the concept of improvisation has always interested me. Improvising is inevitable in life, no matter how uniform our routines may seem. Just as I improvise whilst performing musically, my artwork also mimics the concept of chance through performance.  It was through performance that I have been able to explore my division between music and art.

I found that I was able to successfully combine music and visual art through using audio taken from my performances. My final installation is a symbol of how I used my previous frustration concerning my dilemma regarding music versus art. The installation is an amalgamation of the sonic and visual, using the sounds taken from one particular performance in which I defaced many of my paintings to mark the transition away from being an artist or musician, towards being both.

Writing is also an important part of my creative practice. I am most inspired when I channel my need to have an artistic identity into something expressive – whether this is through painting, music making, or writing.  It is vital that I am able to transform all my experiences into something valuable and imaginative. The ongoing ‘search for self’ results in my blog: an emotionally honest and somewhat ironic look at myself and my life inspired by both music and art.