My work delves into the sensory world of sight, sound and touch, constructing visual metaphors which enhance physical and conceptual possibilities. Through painting and other media, I use abstraction to explore the interaction of nature and culture reflecting on both the rational and ritualistic concerns of these perceived opposites.
I employ a vocabulary of semi-figurative, biomorphic shapes and symbols to address issues such as isolation, vulnerability, beauty, topography and the character of place. Ultimately, I strive to traverse the boundary between physical abstraction and emotional reality, thus forming the narrative that binds the work together.
Inspiration may come from the experience of a passing sound vibration, or the feeling of the wind by the ocean. The color and movement of a particular shape may produce a new imaginary paradigm. I aim to question the aesthetics of the materials I use, whether applying multiple layers of translucent washes and drips of color, or sculpting and mixing paint with another substance. The mind and memory of my work is in the process.
In a recent environmental work, Starpath, the abundance of turtle grass and natural debris from the sea allowed me to create monumental stars along a stretch of deserted beach, thereby merging land, sea and sky in one sweeping universal gesture.
“In every painting the bi-polarity of unbounded optimism, joy and elation and oppressive vulnerability stares back at you. Look at any painting; look at the ‘First Light’ series. At primary pass there is a monumental beauty and tranquility, a drift and sea-away of celestial tone and magnitude that ascends; clings to the senses like morning mist. Now pass again and see, the shadow/duppy lurking, sometimes in familiar tonal guise of steel, gun-metal or Payne’s grey or understated in soft rust or umbers; celebratory tones which allows it to wash over, lurk under, attach or bleed into, chameleon-like, indistinguishable from the evil it portends.”
–Henry Muttoo Bendel Hydes: Selected Works; 1989-2001
National Gallery of the Cayman Islands.