Many of the figurative pieces focus on conveying aspects of the human character which tend to come to light when all else is stripped away - our vulnerability, brokenness, longing and compassion. TS Elliott said, ‘Human kind cannot bear much reality’, yet our true humanness and beauty lies in embracing these very characteristics. ‘Men of Breaking Hearts’ and ‘Man of Prayer’ came in part in response to my reading of Tozer’s ‘The Pursuit of God’. An incredible book which draws on how we engage with Christ, both in His sufferings and His joy. Both pieces depict men praying out of compassion, and are vigorously rendered to convey this sense of engagement with reality.
This broad body of work includes a series of drawings of Victorian sculptures of angels and figures in London and Milan. I am attracted by their dramatic representation of the human form, both in sorrow and in joy. They convey a profound beauty, but also for me a wonderful sense that, when all else is stripped back, whatever our circumstances, hope and grace remain.