'12 Exaltations of Elizabeth (Diary of a pregnant pensioner)’ is a sculptural handmade book. It is
a humourous account reading between the lines of the Gospels of Luke and John concerning
Elizabeth’s pregnancy with John the Baptist. It plays on Elizabeth’s inner thoughts giving the story
a modern narrative.
I am interested in the positive effects creativity can have on a person’s emotional health and
wellbeing whether in counselling or as a therapeutic activity in exploring, expressing and
managing emotions. Creativity can promote and empower personal strategies, acting as a
curative power. As a process artist my work is a combination of my thoughts, reactions and
reflections of the complex issues that I am presented with in therapy and life. I work with a
variety of methods and media such as drawing, painting, sculpture, textual, handmade and
self-published books. The relationship of the materials and subject are dependent on the
subject, my disposition, environment, time, complexity and strength of what I am working
through. The artwork acts as psychological expressions of my mental thought processes
but can be ambiguous in content and not necessarily reflecting the conflicting subject matter.
It’s very concerned with aesthetics which I feel is important in attaining closure for the difficult
thought processes, like a false or altered memory presented in a more manageable format.