I combine traditional skills of observational drawing with digital design to create maps,charts and diagrams usually in the form of prints (digital or screen), and often with a subversive or humorous undertone.
My practice seeks to re-imagine and subvert the ways humans categorise and view the natural world, although my categorising is not scientific, but more ‘folk taxonomic’ in its nature; it is more social or based on local or personal knowledge and observations. I blend languages of science and art to create the intricate maps, diagrams and charts that invite the viewer to take a closer look; to find the subtle subversions, often with a wryly humorous undertone.
I often appropriate natural history educational illustration formats and vintage maps and diagrams, and recently also board games, to convey the themes I explore of anthrozoology (interactions between humans and other animals) and to realise my visual narratives. Charts and maps have a certain authority about them, and I am interested in questioning this and the accuracy of the information presented.
Research is an important part of my practice, and many hours of reading, searching, visiting exhibitions and listening inform the outcomes, as well as sparking the initial ideas. I am interested in fiction, hearsay and anecdotal information as well as that which is factual, and the intersections in between, which are often the most interesting and revealing about us and our interactions with nature/animals.