Below the Surface

Concise artist’s statement

Work on my most recent solo exhibition Below the Surface investigates my current interest in childhood expectation, personal history and lineage, memory, personal memory, childhood memory and the notion of cellular memory.

Cellular memory or otherwise known as body memory is a hypothesis that the body itself is capable of storing memories, as opposed to only the brain. This is used to explain having memories for events where the brain was not in a position to store memories and is sometimes a catalyst for repressed memory recovery. These memories are often characterised with phantom pain in a part or parts of the body – the body appearing to remember the past trauma. The idea of body memory is a belief frequently associated with the idea of repressed memories, in which memories of incest or sexual abuse can be retained and recovered through physical sensations.

However, the idea is pseudoscientific as there are no hypothesised means by which tissues other than the brain are capable of storing memories. The Cellular Memory Phenomenon is a term coined by the medical profession for the personality changes that some people undergo after organ transplants. 

The title for this body of work Below the Surface hence refers to memory, not necessarily only experienced, but also possibly stored and remembered “below the surface”; on a cellular level in our bodies.

My exhibition Below the Surface features unique mixed media paintings, stone lithography, photography, laser engraving, light works and an exploration of a brand new medium that may be described as “reverse Plexiglass printing”.

Multimedia Paintings

Graphic Works

Multimedia Text Works

The Guardian series - Small multi-media photographic works