About the series: Multi-Tools is a series of works that focus onthe commodification of animals and their transformation from wild and independent individuals into products and tools used for farming, testing and entertainment. The advancement of human-kind in the last century has been accompanied by a significant increase in the intensity with which we convert nature and animals into instruments that can be freely used and exploited to our benefit. Animals have been given specific functions, roles and labels which determine their value and status with little to no consideration for their well-being. Through this process, we seem to have forgotten the intrinsic connection between humans and the natural world. Multi-Tools exploresthis turbulent relationship and the effects of our practices from the perspective of the powerless creatures.
About my process: After working on sculpture, painting and drawing separately for many years, I have recently developed a new technique allowing me to merge these mediums together in a two-dimensional space. This unique process was created out of a long time desire to breathe life and colour into my sculpture work. The resulting paintings seem to trick the eye while creating the illusion of a 3rd dimension.
Short breakdown of my process:
Creating miniature clay sculptures of faces, heads and hands;
Photographing the sculptures and printing the images on watercolour paper;
Creating a collage of the images on large watercolour paper;
Using gestural pencil line work to unite the individual elements;
Using watercolour paint to add colour and texture to the images.