V a l l e y – B e l o w refers to the autobiographical experiences of the artist, exploring concepts of the known and unknowable parts of self that lie below the surface. His work takes inspiration from archetypal spirituality, using contorted bodies, fused with animals in motion in an exploration of emotions and memories. This particular body of work expands on themes that Piper has been developing over the past four years. He reflects on his experiences growing up in country NSW and explores totemic imagery within his work as a tool to convey narrative and emotional experience.
“As an artist, I am compelled to explore personal experiences and translate them into paintings, drawings and poems to express that which cannot be understood without the abstraction of creation. It’s about one’s own past being observed outside of context, and how we self-assess by explore the past through our present understandings.” – Piper says.