Tension Sketch is a series of audio-visual studies towards tension, imbalance and disorder within the moving image. The works continue my interest in the use of the natural environment as source material but these works reflect my growing concern with the world we live in. This approach for my work was heavily influenced by a Canadian 2014 residency where I arrived amongst much destructive and despairing worldly activities, not only global but also within my home country of Australia. This resulted in a challenging and introspective period towards questions of why I’m making and work and towards what trajectory is the value of what I do.
Whilst not being overtly political, the style and compositional devices act as vessels for the embedded themes within each work. Abstraction of familiar occurrence, the environments presented act outside of their assumed order and look to challenge how we read the world around us. The use of the natural world acts as a counterpoint, where the sublime, the pristine is disrupted and the natural order of things is rearranged, distorted both subtle and obvious.