This is one of the five short films commissioned by the V&A as part of the 'Shadow Catchers: Camera-less Photography' exhibition on display at the V&A from October 2010 to February 2011.
Each film features one of the five international artists featured in the exhibition, showing their studios and places that inspire them. This is a revealing and evocative look at their working environments and an insight into their creative ideas.
I like forms in my work to raise questions. Is there a spiritual element to being alive? Is there a spiritual element to my past experiences?
I feel that I explore my themes, essentially in the dark. The dark room is the shadow place. So when in that place, you know that’s where you make discoveries, where you’re creator, it’s more in there than in the light.
I feel a photogram, which has much less information, has much more intimacy and feeling than a normal photograph.
The way I discovered the photogram was through accidentally finding within the pinhole camera process that it would be possible to make pictures without needing the outside world as a subject.
Metaphorically I stepped into the camera…and I’m still there.
I came to snakes and ladders recently because I was interested in how the snake was depicted as a negative phenomenon, and the work I’d been doing with snakes and ladders has allowed me to explore that paradox around the snake as being something very energetic, powerful, positive. And at the same time being something that is corrupting, repulsive, to be avoided.
Bringing images, manifesting images, that bringing out and externalising has been therapeutic for me. Healing.
You don’t create, you die. You know, you’re not creative, you die. It’s just about survival really.