My work is informed by an ongoing interest in mythological hybrid creatures and also real life biological mutations. Throughout the ages artists have used these creatures to reflect social and moral dilemmas.Representing the flaws of creation which needed to be appeased , worshipped or destroyed they have been variously the subjects of fear, wonder, affection, acceptability and rejection in myths, liturgies and social history.
My recent practice involves the gathering of mass-produced cast-off plastic toys and objects and also pre-loved leather garments and gloves. The manufacture and shelf-life of plastic toys is short though complex, but, in contrast, leather is a product in which an animal product is converted, by a simple technological process, into durable luxury objects which are valued and retained.
I have been interested to see if an amalgamation of the two materials and sets of objects can be used to create small new objects and creatures which are given a third skin and a second life, one which transcends and acknowledges both sources: the mass-produced object destined for landfill attains the qualities of the treasured and collected one.