"Memories of the outside world will never have the same tonality as those of home." - Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space.
The works I produce are exploring the notion of home. The things we deem familiar and safe. A need for a constant connection to my family and culture. Moving to England from Portugal when I was 5 years old, left me confused and disconnected from the things that I grew up with. The concept of my works allow me to dig deeper into my background, in turn creating distorted, collage like paintings representing certain spaces or objects in which I have encountered or are connected to my home or family.
The surfaces I use continuously in my work tend to be wood. Wood somehow always connects me to the home and interior, which my work revolves around. In early works, the thickness and texture of oil paint was necessary to create thick layers and suited my aesthetic. The colour palette I use is inspired by the homes of family and familiar interiors I have been surrounded with.
The concept of my work is extremely personal, but due to their abstract nature, I feel it is easier for it to be interpreted in alternative ways. The objects are often distorted and intertwining, almost creating an unrealistic scene in which the viewer is able to get lost in.