THE MIDDLE KINGDOM
These paintings are parts of an ongoing series of works titled ‘The Middle Kingdom’, which are all pieces inspired by the sights and history of China, where I am currently based. I find China to be particularly evocative in light of my thematic concerns and interests, with a wealth of history reflecting the wider rise and fall of civilizations. The various pieces can be understood as elements of a fragmented narrative, which can be viewed in isolation or as pieces of a whole. There is no linear progression through the images as such, rather I am trying to evoke a sense of cyclical time, the constant rise and aspirations as well as the fall and cynical decline: the ebb and flow of history through human traces and artifacts.