'Bedlam' is a triptych of three embossed paintings. They have the image of 'Meld' pressed into the paper which creates texture from the imagery of octopus tentacles and fisherman's knots. Over the raised texture, ink and paint creates a storm and fog, both revealing and concealing details.
The octopus is a highly intelligent and mysterious creature of the deep. Moxham became fascinated with these creatures alongside fisherman knots; an art form in themselves. Octo release ink as a defence mechanism and strategy to confuse their attackers- panic, performance, self portraiture, movement, family commitments, revelations, perspective, pressure, mess & muddle, expectations and layers are themes and points of note within these artworks. In these images the fluidity of marks combined with complex illiustrations create a strong sense of movement and enhance or hide features within the ink bombs. Infants hands and feet sprout at angles from the entanglement- either caught by accident in the mass or trying to escape from the confusion. In these three works, Moxham is expressing the intensity of working though concepts and puzzles; the unique complexities each of these have, and the kinetics this entails.
"When I create, I need to play, get back to being a kid in the sandpit of life with materials and out in my environment. I don't overthink letting loose and giving things a try. I love challenging my brain and perceptions of what I can and can't do. If it feels good, and even if it doesn't- explore it I say. I love surprising myself, and find this process immensely rewarding. Every day, everything is different- I see each morning as a chance for growth and reinvention. Life can be extraordinary challenging but there are always answers, sometimes it just takes a bit of time to get clarity"
The embossed seal imprints a calm formality to the active image and fits the reduced colour palette and Oriental aesthetic. Like a full stop in blood, the stamps imprint each image with formality and as individual expressions from Moxham's heart.