Jez Giddings

The body of work ‘Monsters’ introduces generations of my family who are separated by death and will never meet. I photograph journeys through Romney Marsh in Kent and have used the original photographs as starting points to create this artwork.

The monster embodies my uncomfortable position of trying to realise a calm in the conflict of losing parents and gaining children and the lonely isolation of being in the middle, continuously pulled between the past as child and the present as father. This personal conflict permeates and drives the work, it is ongoing and unresolved. The layering of wet enamel paint on glossy surfaces causes the image to be pushed and pulled into postures which I then accepted or reject and rework to often uncomfortable end points.