Crowd, oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches
In this current series I’m exploring the theme of crowd behaviour (and group processes). I want to examine this powerful phenomenon that has persisted through history and across cultures, as a scaffold for our making sense of the world, saying what counts, to understand our relation to others. In this series the crowd becomes a metaphor for loss of self, a feeling of belonging and an arena for the expression of our strongest emotions.
I’m less interested in the reasons for a crowd’s assembly or the aftermath of its activity. These paintings concentrate on the moment where, in the life cycle of the crowd, it has reached the point of maximum escalation. Physical contact, pressure, compression come together in the group to create an emergent sense of commonality which, at its most intense, challenges the boundaries of selfhood.
‘Perhaps it is only in the crowd that people cast off their petty day to day concerns and become subjects of history.’
Blue Crowd , oil on canvas , 48 x 48 inches
Green Crowd, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches
Red Crowd, oil on canvas, 36 x 30 inches
Communion – oil on canvas , 60 x 144 inches