Through Epulum, I take on everyday objects such as food that have sunken into the depths of normalcy and bring them back through abstracted photography. Through magnifying the object and manipulating the way light interacts with them, I am able to create unidentifiable worlds of sublime images that give a new perception to a familiar substance. The aim of the artwork is for the viewer to be able to become immersed in it, questioning what it is and why something that looks so unknown feels familiar. This immersion is highlighted through different elements such as the three dimensional treatment of some photographs, the addition of sound in the installation of the artwork and the scale at which the artwork is viewed in reality. The inspiration for this project comes from the themes of the sublime, landscape, abstraction and the artists that have inspired me include Eileen Quinlan, Ryan Bush, Anselm Kiefer and Joël Tettamanti.
The viewer is given control of what the artwork means to them, they are not told what the object is or how the photograph has been manufactured in order for them to approach the artwork with as clean a mind as possible. Information about myself as an artist is not required to understand the photograph as it lives as a surreal image projecting an unusual and abstracted landscape to be admired and gain different and unique meanings through its viewing. This project is ongoing and has many new landscapes yet to be created.