Throughout my practice I constantly find myself drawn to objects and the invisible stories that surround them. Through their subtle representation I explore their power as intercessionary agents that allow socially acceptable emotional expression. The work presents itself as a complex mixture of scientific observation and tender girlish enthusiasm, which often belies their history.
I have a thirst for knowledge, knowledge of things and knowledge about people and their lives. Watching, listening and absorbing, my work and life have become a fabulous tangle of information, stories (both real and imagined), images and objects. My work is part distillation, part peripatetic ramble through my influences, which range from archeological illustration, archaic scientific techniques and the enthusiasms of a Victorian lady to the theories of Freud and anthropological research.
My work is in a number of public and private collections and I am interested in the role that artwork plays in contemporary museums.
I am currently studying a Fine Art PhD at Wimbledon College of Art; I completed my MA at Central St. Martin’s College of Art, and BA in Fine Art, half and half, History of Art & Architecture and practical art, at Newcastle University. I studied for my PGCE in Art & Design at Cambridge University and my thesis focused on quantifying the creative practice. I have studied this further with MORAG and EastFeast, educational initiatives that encourage artistic creativity within and beyond the educational environment. I exhibit nationally and internationally. I am represented by Transition Gallery, London, have been in the Jerwood Drawing Prize and recently had the pleasure of having my work included in the lovely book Blue Mythologies by Professor Carol Mavor.
I have taught for a number of years on an Art Foundation course, in Further and Higher education institutions. I would like my OCA students to gain confidence in their work and to express their unique creative voice. I use a variety of techniques to engage students and aim to enable them to make work that that challenges and surprises them. I am interested in Fine Art in all of its forms: painting, drawing, film, sculpture, photography and all of the crossovers in between. I have also worked as an illustrator and this along with history and theory of art are subjects that I am very interested in. I would describe my approach as nurturing fun, creative and ambitious.