Short Artist Statement -
In the early 1980s, I trained as an electrical technician in the Royal Air Force. Saudi Arabia 1986 working in the electrical room of an oil refinery was a revelation. I was amazed by the interiors of countless electrical cabinets, two metres high by one metre wide - an astonishing display of wires and cables in a myriad of colours and complexity, in complete contrast with their non descript grey exteriors. Thousands of connections, alive with electrical energy.
Working alone in this artificial environment, the air humming and resonating to the sound of transformers on full load, was often strange and surreal. I began to realise that I was looking into these cabinets not only through the eyes of a technician, but also through those of an artist. The German twelfth century mystic Meister Eckhart spoke in one of his sermons of hidden beauty, of flowers growing in fields and forests unseen by human eyes. I was in the deserts of Saudi Arabia, in a massive underground bunker, in a completely artificial environment, and I had seen the flowers!