No Man's Land
At the end of August, 2013 the British military base near Mönchengladbach was closed down and after 40 years of service my parents were among the last to leave. Left deserted, this place is now only a place of memory, a no man's land. Ghosts haunt the windows and nature is re-staging its own conquest after 68 years.
Deriving from direct observation of the slow decline of the base, these paintings are ‘collages’ of memory and place. Dreamlike scenes are depicted, which sometimes incorporate ideas from fairytales, folklore and history. The fantastical and surreal atmosphere evokes memories of childhood, emphasising the passage of time and giving a melancholic feel to the work.