Employing memory I explore the relationship between representation and abstraction. My painting is a combination of what I think and what I’ve seen. What I’ve remembered and what I’ve imagined. I have a daily drawing practice that enables me to quickly create a vast amount of imagery drawn from my mind. When painting I draw upon the memory of these drawings without referring to them directly and allow them to combine with thoughts and memories. I am interested in psychological spaces (often related to the sense of ‘place’ that shapes Irish culture) and ideas around the uncanny, time, and the fallibility of memory. My paintings are ‘fictionscapes’ that feature places, faces and objects that have emerged from my memory and imagination and are shaped into a new form through the process of painting. I regard the practice of painting as a discourse. My paintings are not preconceived; intuition and the incidental are significant aspects of my process. I start by moving paint around and responding intuitively, rotating the canvas, building up layers, allowing ideas to arise out of the process of painting until an image I had not planned begins to emerge. I then work up this image until it comes just to the border of representation but still maintains an ambiguity; an image on the edge of becoming something else. I explore the transformative potential of paint and the possibilities for reinvention at each stage of the painting, keeping the work in a place of constant engagement between mind and material. New and liminal spaces are created, figures occupy the space of memories and images become ambiguous frameworks which can support other ideas.