“My work uses anatomical and physiological themes to examine the human condition through drawing and printmaking, often showing a dark comedic underbelly that can be surprisingly disarming given the subject matter.
Twelve Angry Men was created to explore expression and identity, taking inspiration from condensed urban living and the experience of being either part of the crowd or apart from it. In this series, I directly reference the football crowd, where heightened aggression and elation constantly ebb and flow throughout the course of a game (and a season). By putting these contorted, semi photographic faces through the expressive filter of the woodcutting process and displaying them in a judicial framework, I hope to confront the viewer with the very essence of humanity. This also made me think in terms of identity, or the pack mentality of the crowd, where a sense of belonging and freedom to express extreme emotion is accepted as part of the mass.
Identity Crisis I-VI were created with this in mind. The use of a fingerprint as a symbol for identity and the faces as a symbol for individuality remind us of the duality of Man, whilst enhancing the extreme expressions.
Selected Identity Crisis prints were exhibited at this year’s Bite: Artists Making Print exhibition at the Mall Galleries and also at the Pushing Print Festival in Margate, where they were awarded the East London Printmaker’s Prize.”
Euan G. Stewart, November 2012