Whistle and I’ll Come To You
Welcome to my creep show. There’s something unavoidably corny about painting horror seriously, as opposed to a more ironic approach which can leave you sneering at your source material. Clichés (or archetypes) abound: the death’s head, the revenant, the lurid suggestion of sideshow alley. I have given up trying to escape them.
The action takes place in my childhood neighbourhood of Mosman—an area which, contrary to the way it’s normally presented, is the perfect horror movie setting. The exhibition title is borrowed from M.R. James’ 1904 ghost story Oh whistle and I’ll come to you, my lad. It’s not a reference to the short story itself, rather an expression of the way certain characters move in and out of my paintings, and the way ideas can creep up on you.
Statement from solo exhibition, 2-12 April 2014, Sheffer Gallery, Sydney