1. Having studied painting, why is photography now your medium of choice?
Mainly through necessity, i returned to my original medium ie having worked as a photographer before studying Fine Art .At this time however, i was now able to add the textures of mediums such as printmaking, painting and sculpture.
2. In your works you use a variety of images from various sources in a very evocative and poetic way. What is the intention of this style of mixed-mediums and how does it contribute to the meaning and intended interpretation of your work?
In a sense Q 1 answers this. But also: a trace in the landscape, a loved one, a death, a battered nest, the sounds of insects, i probe librairies as well as city streets, articles on the myrmicoleon, codex witsenii, a lost man found after nine years with only bone and cloth intact; WG Sebald's seamless integration of image/text.
3. In your series History portrait, Gender portrait, and Religious portrait, you isolate different identities in order to examine them. If you had to separate the characteristics of religion, gender, sexuality, nationality, ethnicity, race and class, what would be most important in your self-identification? Can these characteristics be isolated?
Sometime ago i may have answered gender but at present i guess nationality (by which the external world binds and defines us.)i have always loved and despised this country equally, and often wished for an undoing of some kind - but it remains : a certain hereness which at times renders one without language.
4. To what extent does your work represent a form of self-portraiture?
After careful consideration, it will appear as if the work mirrors back. What other vessel do we have but our own searching selves?
5. How does gender influence your work?
Patriarchal systems have been prevalent in this society so as a female artist i will have particularly addressed my paternal history, i will also have made small works commemorating women who have been signifiers in my life, and then, long after an epitaph, i will have been able to wear a photo brooch of my grandfather (sociology project).
6. Do you have a choice in your own identity? How much of your identity is predetermined. How much, if any, is a result of your own construction of self?
Genetics will inevitably lock you into a code with a distinct pattern, yet there are sufficient chromosomes enabling one to develop routes which you can make your own, without forever belonging to a tribe.