My practice encompasses site responsive visual and performance work using media as diverse as glass and gold. I have made work for cities and rural spaces, community spaces, galleries, theatres, churches, on desolate uninhabited islands and for audiences in the 100s and of one. I studied at Norwich University College of the Arts where I graduated with a BA (2000) and MA (2002) followed more recently by a PG Certificate in HE (Art and Design) at University of the Arts, London and I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am interested in issues around professional development for artists and in assimilation of teaching and creative practice by educators.
My practice is heavily research led; my approach is that of a conceptual archaeologist, trying to uncover and take control of the past and present, by resurrecting, enacting or undoing. In so doing, I explore the relationships we each have within the world, with each other and with the objects that surround us, looking at our histories and narratives. I am currently interested in constructing new stories by transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary, often using a contextual or physical change to achieve new perspectives.
Many of my works are activated by people, be this as audience, as participants, as passers by, or as viewers. Some operate with subtlety, proposing small but significant shifts whilst others are more immersive. I use drawing both as a research tool and as a medium for finished works, enjoying this private occupation that offsets and balances my larger scale work. Recent pieces include Out of Water, a performance for the Cultural Olympiad London 2012 Festival that took place on Holkham Beach in Norfolk, On Tides and Fathoms – an eerie structuralist portrait of three solitary shelters in rural Suffolk depicted in film and respond/reply, a research project into the relationships between drawing and writing with a forthcoming publication.
I am currently based at Wysing Arts Centre near Cambridge. My work has been shown extensively in the UK and abroad and I have received several awards including an Artsadmin bursary and selection as an Arts Council England East Escalator Artist for visual and live art. I am a founder member of Artist Interaction and Representation (AIR) a body of over 18,000 artists and I currently sit on the board of Fermynwoods Contemporary Art.
I am currently course leader for OCA’s MA Fine Art, previously I was course leader for MA Drawing at Norwich University College of the Arts and also taught on MA Fine Art at the same institution for seven years. I am regularly invited to contribute to think tanks and conferences for organisations such as Engage, AN Publications, Making Culture Work and Artquest.