At Street Level

In the shared space of cities, we walk purposefully forward into our modest lives. We pass each other at street level and are alone together. 

 I’m interested in the psychology of these encounters and the sense of affirmation that we experience when we recognize ourselves in a stranger’s gesture.

I use collage to alter spatial relationships and construct a context that gives weight to the ordinary. By emphasising the abstract qualities of the urban landscape, I move the particular closer to the universal.

The images begin on the street with the gesture of a stranger in an architectural space. In Adobe Photoshop, I refine the composition with scans of torn paper and painted surfaces. In the same way painters work, I enhance or diminish particular elements of the scene in order to draw out something essential about the subject.