I am a visual artist and a clinical Art Therapist. I work with drawing, painting, illustration and printmaking in my personal art practice, however through my work with psychiatric patients my work has changed to creating very small artist books, using collage and multimedia. These modalities offer containment, privacy, surrender to process, and hidden meanings. I approached the sketchbook with curiosity and playfulness, using a limited multi-media approach along with found text from old paperbacks, remnants of discarded art works sourced from the trash bins in the art room, random intuitive mark making and stitching of my own, and some favourite quotations. This experience was both infuriating and wonderful, unknown, uncontrollable, containing lots of mistakes, including tearing out all the paper and attaching more robust hand-made paper. I was somehow unable or unwilling to include my own drawings or words - except for one drawing at the end of the book which I had created on a scrap of paper and photocopied for my Sketchbook, from a photograph of Leonard Cohen. What motivates me as an artist is a fascination with the creative process, a love of drawing and capturing both nature and the human form, the magic of being in the studio, how art is and always has been a way of healing, of meditation and finding my place in the world - and always the search for and expression, of Beauty in all of its' light and darkness. My passions may or may not be reflected in my work depending on how free I am to explore and be spontaneous. If I'm painting for product I am restricted, and I found this to be the case with the Sketchbook because I am letting it go for others to see.
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