I strive to create images that elegantly articulate the totality of existence, focusing heavily on the broad themes of life and death, with further emphasis placed on ideas of fragility, impermanence and carnality. Death has always possessed a significant presence within the history of art, ranging from altarpieces to the work of the Dutch still life painters. Manifesting melancholic themes with beauty and precision, as these artists did, results in an image that is seductive, forcing the viewer to look, despite its apparent grotesque and morbid nature.
Impulses is based on the themes of love and death. Keeping in dialogue with art history, this body of work draws inspiration from Rodin’s large scale sculpture The Gates of Hell, which is a visual interpretation of Dante’s Inferno. This sculpture portrays figures that are intertwined in various emotional and physical states in the presence of Hell. Being struck by the intensity and magnificence of this piece, I spent a lot of time studying it when creating Impulses. These photographs illustrate the tension of coupling and the insatiable, desperate nature of desire in a life that is knowingly so temporary and vulnerable. Love can be seen as a potential comfort or distraction from death in a world where everything is under the influence of passion.