"My skin doesn’t feel so porcelain now." Extract from an untitled poem by Sophie Adams
This quote relates to my art being drawn from my own lived experiences, giving a transcendent, transformative power. As I paint, I learn.
"A man who owns a comb and a tree / Is good for poetry/ Everything that leads to nothing at all/
And that you cannot sell at the market /Such as, for instance, the green heart of birds, /Is good for
poetry /Everything that our civilization rejects, /Tramples and pisses on, is good for poetry
/ Self-moving debris, cans, is good for poetry /Discarded things are very important—
Things with no importance are poetic assets."
Extract from ' The Expositive Grammar of the Floor' by the poet Manuel De Barros.
This quote reminds me to sustain in myself a spirit of curiosity, an openness of mind. That the most banal things- especially those things, ideas, people, emotions, objects that are considered unimportant and useless to selfish economic gain and progression do have a poetics, an inspirational power. I aim to look everywhere and without bigotry or fashionable concerns.
If I were to tag my paintings, or try to encapsulate the general themes I address, they would be; identity, dreams, womanhood, childhood, metaphysics, erotica, sexuality, distress, secrecy, revelation, diaries, humour, and expressing my experiences in an attempt to find some common ground with others.
Artists whose work I like include Francesco Clemente, Karel Appel, Charlotte Salomon, Marlene Dumas, Goya, Lindsey Bull, Otto Dix, Balthus, Philip Guston, Jonathan Meese, and Lygia Clarke.