Dreams of an Ordinary Man is an autobiographical body of work that was quite instrumental in getting me to my next series ‘They Came’.
Inspired by meeting Tracey Moffatt at an artist talk, I began using imagery from the ‘Boy’s Own’ books that I read as a child and the paintings of David Bromley I wanted to convey a dreamlike heroism.
This series is my way of acknowledging the staggering suicide rate among educated, middle age, middle income, straight, white males in this country.
Unable to claim a minority, I belong to an equally maligned group.
Where the world can be harsh if you have nothing to complain about.
This was an effort to show that even people with no major difficulties in their seemingly blessed lives, need to escape sometimes.
Even if it’s only in the form of a daydream. I have no complaints, I’m healthy and have a roof over my head, but there is always something missing.
This series shows a surreal and dreamlike view of the life of the average man… who ever that may be.