In my painting I aim to explore themes consonant with my philosophical writing, including the idea (which I closely associate with Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Stanley Cavell) that our coming to acknowledge others is an expression of our passional or affective natures. Typically the figures in my paintings look back at us, as though hoping to elicit our sympathy. Exactly because they are not always immediately recognizable to us as human, their demands for sympathy are both fraught and urgent. I hope that beholders might see in them the expression of a pet, or of a doppelgänger.

Visually, I take particular inspiration from the likes of Alina Szapocznikow, Asger Jorn, Frank Auerbach, and cinema of all sorts.

Photo credit: Cécile Guédon

Photo credit: Cécile Guédon