In 1996. I had worked for some years on watercolours from the nude figure, and wanted to embark on some different work. I had an idea which was to clothe my nudes, but also a desire to express my transvestism in some way, which was the most prominent thought, I cannot recall. I executed watercolours and collages but tucked them away in a plans chest. These now constitute the smaller work in this exhibition. This year, 2017, I completed seven large canvases adding contrast and more weight to my share of the show. They are what I would describe as textile collages and spring from the earlier ‘Choice’ and Autograph’ pictures. The starting point of each was a dress form sewn or/and adhered to the surface.
I share the exhibition with Anita Ford whose recent work with it’s figurative self analysis explores issues of deafness and cancer. Here too is revealed a world of mystery and isolation and reflects a similar investigation my search to understand and come to terms with my TV.
'We all have secrets. Sometimes these get accidentally exposed, but not always in an obvious way. Acceptance and confrontation in wrestling our demons enables us to reason and finally come to terms with our existence and mortality’.