To answer this question it’s probably best to start with how I personally define “spirituality”, as it’s a loaded term which means different things to different people. I view the concept and pursuit of spirituality as being a search for understanding of, and wish to express and make peace with, one’s inner self. For me spirituality is about truth and transcendence, magic and mystery, compassion and kindness. Broadly speaking I think that spiritual practices (i.e artistic/religious /paranormal) are attempts to find a deeper meaning within and beyond human existence.
My most recent solo exhibition was called “Pareidolia”. Pareidolia describes the tendency to see a specific, often meaningful image in random marks and visual patterns. (Think the Rorschach Ink Blot Test, the Turin Shroud or divining the future from patterns made by tea-leaves in the bottom of a tea-cup). It’s to do with trying to find meaning when meaning is, or initially appears, absent. Which in essence is what a lot of my work is about.
My paintings are purposefully done on a modest scale with a sensitive, intuitive feel for colour and mark-making so that they are not definitive or bombastic, but maintain a sense of open-endedness and mystery. The brushstrokes teeter between signaling some sort of spirit or celestial landscape and dissolving into abstraction. The painted mark is given autonomy so that it seems to take on a dramatic significance. Meaning and possible interpretations are hinted at, but not made explicit. This ambiguous quality, as well as a rarefied atmosphere, is something I aim to create in my paintings.