“Vortex 1 – Dreamscape’” was created in continued response to the time I spent in a studio located in the jungle of central Mexico during 2009. On my return, my spatial awareness seemed to be much broadened. In 2011, on an artist residency at Edward James’ West Dean House, I decided to create a foundation from, which I could focus on making new and scale-unlimited artwork within an infinite sense of space.
The resulting optical illusion structure, “Vortex 1 -Dreamscape”, personifies the beautiful and the irrational of Las Pozas and the rain-forest. This extraordinary surreal place, is otherwise known by many as ‘the Vortex’. Edward James’ concrete staircases to nowhere and buildings with names such as “House With Three Storeys That Might Be Five” are key to the unconscious awareness I have only ever experienced there.
My artwork went on to feature in an installation, amongst work by surrealists Salvador Dali, Leanor Fini and Leonora Carrington, celebrating the ‘The Day of the Dead’, in honour of the life and works of the artist Leonora Carrington and surrealist benefactor and artist Edward James. The event took place during 2011 at the Mexican Ambassador’s residence in London.
The “Vortex1-Dreamscape” external casing appears smaller than the internal space, in which the optical effect creates globe-like images and the surrounding space has a sense of infinity. The blue butterflies within it are symbolic of Las Pozas.
This occasion was amazing and important to me as these artists have had such influence on me and on my work.
I exhibited with some street, graffiti and urban artists shortly after the altar installation in London; I soon realised how surreal and powerful street art has become as well as the adaptability of ‘Vortex’ in bridging this arena.