I am quite selfish when I create work. I don't create work to please people, but rather for my benefit. It helps to keep me sane. Or as sane as I can get. It is a nice position to be in without giving too much of a "Monkey's Uncle" what people think. Making art helps to ground me and empties my head of some of the nonsense. A colleague and friend of mine asked my beloved, albeit long-suffering wife if I was alright, as she had seen some of my photographs. "He's absolutely fine", she replied. "You can tell Jon is in a dark place when his work gets darker". I have often said, ironically, I am happier when I'm in a dark place. My work improves, so it is no bad thing. It has helped me to be able to embrace my quirks, nightmares, hallucinations, sleep paralysis, dark moods, and other goings-on. The resulting work may be disturbing for some. Maybe a little strange, melancholy, and repulsive for others. I make no apologies and the lack of "Monkey's Uncle", is an ever-present companion.
I have been creating " The Frightener's Carnival" over the past few days, which is an ongoing project, that explores our inner demons. There is more to come over the next few days and weeks. More painting. More photographs. More thinking. More writing.