I create layered narrative paintings that mingle themes from Old Norse poetry and mythology, popular culture, and art history with personal experience. Rather than forming a coherent narrative, my paintings are my attempt to tap into broader emotional ground.
According to the analytical psychologist Carl Jung, “It [the collective unconscious] consists of pre-existent forms, the archetypes, which can only become conscious secondarily and which give definite form to certain psychic contents”. There is an elastic quality at work: while visual form is often created from language, I invite my audience to create their own stories from my silent images.
In my paintings, animals are often anthropomorphized and take part in the narrative. The biochemist Rupert Sheldrakehe writes, “the organizing fields of animal and human behavior of social and cultural systems, and of mental activity can all be regarded as morphic fields which contain an inherent memory”.
I fully embrace this idea of interconnectivity and create these paintings as an attempt to knit myself into this resonance.