Talk us through your working process—how do you go about bringing an idea to life?
Each project brings new subject matter and ideas, it's great immersing yourself in something unfamiliar. I'll go hunting for relevant documentaries, podcasts and video material I can play while I'm working.
Once I've filled up with a good amount of research, I like to work very intuitively and allow for serendipity to take over. Strange things happen when you just start drawing. Unrelated objects placed on a page can start to interact with each other in unexpected ways. I like to be surprised by, or to even laugh at my own outcomes.
There's a strong sense of narrative within your work, how does this develop during your creative process?
Yes, narrative is really important to my work, although I rarely create sequential images. I think a lot about the moment in time I am capturing, is it before, during or after something has occurred? Which is the most dynamic, or exciting? I'm interested in images with a lot of potential energy, where things might happen, but haven't yet. A precariously placed crystal figurine, a raised dagger, hidden figures, strange poses, eyes locked. I like images with mystery, foreboding, ambiguity and secrets, but also fun, jubilance and silliness. All these elements begin to work together to tell stories.