I was invited to share my studio practice at QAGOMA and provide insights into how I work. I displayed seven new works, including a painted animation. These works explored my overarching prompt: ‘My work is like an ecosystem; it is very much alive — the relationship between me and my work is sympoietic, and the audience is activated by the affinities at play’.
The project presented a facsimile of my studio, expanded paintings, an animation, and hosted socially engaged events. Together they provided insight into my creative practice through structural and elective affinities. In my expanded paintings, I identified two distinct kinds of affinities – one that emphasised structural kinship, analogy and homology, evoking communities of ideas, and the other, elective affinities that spoke to material transformation and attraction. Through these works, I showed that making art is a poetic process that entwines meaning and transforms matter, heightening our sensibility to our entanglement with the living planet.