My work involves the juxtaposition of different photographs, which are cropped and stuck together forming a collage. The collage is digitally manipulated so each image appears flat, thus disguising the evidence of human intervention in the work; but not totally.
The underlying theme of my work considers our understanding of and attitudes towards what we consider reality to be. Initially the various images appear to be snapshots that make up a typical urban environment, and to an extent they are. However, the works are in fact a calculated juxtaposition of different photographs, which take the form of a collage.
Each collage is digitally manipulated disguising the evidence of human intervention, but not completely. Albeit subtle, there are clues within each image such as awkward perspective, or the reoccurrence of certain objects in other pictures that encourage the viewer to question the authenticity of the image. In the knowledge that the works are actually constructed spaces, each becomes a representation of a possible situation.
The key to the success of my work lies in the balance that the spaces seem real but at the same time not real. I am influenced by an eclectic range of artists and thinkers: Baudrillard, Magritte, and most recently the work of Mondrian amongst other Modernists, focusing on concepts of utopia.