Medium: Graphite, watercolour on Strathmore paper
I am a poet by nature and a story-teller by vocation. As an artist, I have also invested myself with the role of social commentator, trying to expose the underlying truths in commonly upheld views and beliefs characteristic of our culture. My work may therefore be simply interpreted as an illustrated commentary on human frailties.
Although representational in nature, the realities I choose to represent are not those belonging to the physical realm, but those lurking in the collective psyche. No topic is too sacred: from religion to history, the environment and social norms, my narratives make reference to our psychological traits and behavioural tendencies - the virtues and the vices, the holy and the profane, the good and the bad. Rendered through a visual vocabulary that employs a perceptually ruthless manipulation of reality, noted symbolisms and allegories, distorted scales and perspectives, the imagery laid on the visual plane works simply as a support structure for the underlying message I need to convey. Moreover, the juxtaposition of words and imagery invites the viewer to infer multiple alternative meanings, and to assign to each piece a very personal interpretation, thus expanding even further the scope of my original intention.