I am the Pirate of my Life
Being The Pirate of My Life is a life installation that I have been doing for the last 200 days. I have been considering and researching the imagery of the Jolly Roger - Skull and Crossbones, for a few years. My continuous obsession with navigating the unknown has led into an interpretation of Pirates and their Flag, the Jolly Roger, as an identification of how to guarantee we live our lives exactly as we want. I have used simple associations with Pirates to guide my decisions, such as having to steer ones ship daily, even momentarily; adventuring and looking for treasure or delight in everything; navigating the unknown; taking risks; trusting instincts and non emotionally removing that which does not serve, letting it 'walk the plank'. The paintings are concepts that have emerged from this time reflecting thoughts, hurt, questions, humour and always light, both philosophical and physical. These ideas are represented by juxtaposing the imagery with a subtle, flowing watercolour painting technique and perspectives that induce feelings of intrigue and wonder out of potentially dark spaces. The key philosophy behind the work lies in the choice of life or death along the path of the eternal flux of our lives. In order to progress and truly live our lives fully we must make peace with death and in so doing become alive existing beyond our limits from one moment to the next. By continuously choosing light and life we find our lives unfolding in an abundance of possibilities and opportunities. The alternative is to become stuck and confined by a single perspective that will undoubtably shadow any current circumstances ensuring the individual never strays their lonely path.