This work was inspired by and created during the COVID-19 quarantine, commissioned by Absolutely Cultured, Hull as part of their Creative Micro Commission Programme. My concept was to create an animated film capturing the normal becoming abnormal, an anxiety nightmare of isolation during a lockdown. I utilised the visual metaphor of a haunted house, the inhabitants held captive by the dark entity of COVID-19 hovering outside the apparent safe confinement of the home.This project was a true example of collaboration. My son created original music for the discordant soundtrack and my partner features as the politician and the dancing Love Leopard. All three of us shared the lockdown experience together. During the lockdown I ran an online Art Club on Sunday afternoons where I invited people to make artwork based around a theme. Some of the artwork is featured within the virtual room settings of my House of Fun. During this crisis it has become ever more apparent to me how much creativity can promote positive mental health.
My work recalls a long tradition of staged narratives and theatrical role-playing in art. I utilise the camera and various tools of the cinema and theatre, such as makeup, costumes, props, and scenery, to create dream worlds filled with Gothic horror and surreal humour. Alongside my photographic work I also create still and animated photo-montage, and quite often appropriate existing images and re-imagine them in a new context. I also work in collaboration with performers to reshape my 2D created worlds into 3D immersive theatrical experiences allowing the audience to become part of these imaginary spaces. Within my work I am interested in exploring the possibilities of the transformation of the everyday.