REDMILK MEETS THE INDEPENDENT CONCEPTUAL ARTIST WHO CREATES PHOTOGRAPHS TO TALK ABOUT LONELINESS AND ISOLATION OF THE MODERN WORLD USING LIGHT COLOUR PALETTE. READ THE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW!
How did your photographer career start?
I don’t know if there was a defining starting moment, it tended to be a more gradual development. Eventually in my mid to early 20’s it just became part of my DNA.
How was the collaboration with Fionn Regan for “stars that paint” born?
I’d been working on the series for a couple of years and felt it needed an extra voice to add another dimension. Being a fan of Fionn’s work for a long time, figured I’d reached out to share my project. After a few backs and forth, we found a wonderful balance and connecting voice.
Why the hearts as subjects?
The idea stemmed from my own personal relationship with heart failure. In my early 20’s I was diagnosed with AFib which is a form of heart failure, this sparked the idea of focusing on what that organ means and I found humour in the idea of documenting what I feel might be the cause of my death.
Wide places and open spaces have always been an important focus of your artistic journey. Where did this need to focus on just one single detail arise?
There were a couple of deciding factors, I started to feel unchallenged by landscapes and spaces. This lead me to bring my attention towards something more intimate and personal. I also found myself fascinated by what the heart means in today’s society, the symbol of a heart has evolved a lot in the past decade and I wanted to explore what it means today.
Why do you prefer the pastel colours?
I find a lot of comfort with soft pastel colour and when playing with dark themes, I find the dichotomy and colours to be healing.I’ve also been completely obsessed with colour since an early age.
Which of your projects has excited you the most and why?
I find every project I do excite when in the early stages of creating it. But I’d have to say my series 48 hours which was shot underwater was an amazing series to work on.
Have you ever thought about collaborating in the fashion world?
Yes! I’ve recently turned a corner and love the idea of dipping my toe in the fashion world more. I’ve previously collaborated with Gucci a few times and am excited to hopefully do more.
Who do you consider an inspiration for yourself and your work?
Gaspar Noe and Wong Kar-Wai and huge inspirations for my work, their sense of colour and emotion are beyond words. Janelle Monae to me is one of the most inspiring people in terms of how to act as a human.