This work came about from a desire to examine relationships in a wordless way. Rummaging around in a space beyond language I found pictures of people, birds and animals that appeared to speak to one another.
As I assembled my subjects together I noticed that each had a picture of a man or a boy in the foreground. The connections I discovered were curious, and sometimes surprising.
Making stained glass is technically challenging. The process is absorbing and tends to shut down mental chatter. The sensual and tactile qualities of glass and paint provide a perfect counterpoint to thinking.
I started cutting and painting glass without completing the drawings. Somehow, my compositions resolved themselves along the way. Menfolk grew into a series of observations about ‘maleness’.
My stained glass subjects are now fixed into long-term relationships.