I am fascinated with how people are in part shaped by technology. Much in a 'the medium is the message' way, our behaviours and social interactions are guided not only by innate impulses, or cultural habits, but also by the technological environment we exist within. Many of the obstacles we encounter are man made, be it the road markings and traffic lights in the city, or the structures of the various social media platforms. We have little choice but to adjust our behaviours, and indeed our desires, to the pathways laid out not by nature but by teams of designers and engineers. Where then is our actual self? Does it even exist?

The series Woodland before Fields is a vision of the primordial forest which, following the last Ice Age, covered the entirety of the European continent as well as the British Isles. This edgeless, uninterrupted forest ended only at the shores.

European history came into being and local communities and cultures gradually took shape, while cradled by the forest. Human progress, however, necessitated a clearing of the woodland, be it for agriculture or for timber. This long ongoing process has in our times reached the point of a near-total extinction of ancient woodland across the continent. We have cut the forest from which we emerged away from under us, and replaced it with a man-made, designed and engineered environment. 

Painted on sculpted oak panels, the works inhabit the space between painting and sculpture - between abstracted, illusionist representation and a physicality that responds to different viewing angles and lighting directions.
  
At Crossroads IV, 200 x 160 cm - acrylic on carved oak panel, 2016
At Crossroads I, 200 x 160 cm - acrylic on carved oak panel, 2016
Woodland before Fields I, 120 x 60 cm - acrylic on carved oak panel, 2016
Woodland before Fields IV, 160 x 120 cm - acrylic on carved oak panel, 2016
At Crossroads II, 120 x 55 cm - acrylic on carved oak panel, 2016
Woodland before Fields III, 100 x 100 cm - acrylic on carved oak panel, 2016
Beam I, 120 x 45 cm - acrylic on carved oak panel, 2016
At Crossroads III, 200 x 160 cm - acrylic on carved oak panel, 2016
​My working life began at dairy processing factories in the Russian heartland, where in halls with eternally wet, tiled floors, steamed-up windows and a web of colour-coded pipes connecting arrays of whirring pumps and trembling machinery, I witnessed the transformative power of heat, filtration and centrifugal force. 
Most importantly, however, I learned of the power of bacterial cultures to silently transform substances, like the spreading of an idea can change a human being into someone else.
Growth I, triptych, 50 x 40 cm each - concrete, lead, wood, graphite, acrylic, 2015
Growth II, triptych, 50 x 40 cm each - concrete, lead, wood, graphite, acrylic, 2015
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Incubator I & II.      Each: 60 x 70 x 120 cm - lead, concrete, wood, acrylic, 2014