I am an artist and educator based in rural Suffolk. My practice encompasses site responsive work in places as diverse as cities and rural spaces, community spaces, galleries, theatres, forests, churches, on desolate uninhabited islands and for audiences of one person to those in the 100’s. My work is predominantly realised in live work, in parallel, I produce drawings and paintings, sometimes as part of the research process.
My approach is that of a conceptual archaeologist, trying to uncover and take control of the past and present, by resurrecting, transforming, 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 .I am currently absorbed in constructing new stories by transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary, often using a contextual or physical change to achieve new perspectives or with flawed recollection at their heart. Working with breath as a subject, I have been developing immersive performances and a research archive within the multi faceted project Breath Control, produced by Artsadmin with whom I have a longstanding relationship since being awarded an Artsadmin bursary after graduating from my MA Fine Art.
Past works include Out of Water, a performance for the Cultural Olympiad London 2012 Festival that took place on Holkham Beach in Norfolk, and beaches in San Francisco for PSi Conference, Stanford University; On Tides and Fathoms – an eerie structuralist portrait of three solitary shelters in rural Suffolk depicted in film; respond/reply, a research project into the relationships between drawing and writing and Sawdust and Threads, a project which took deaccessioned museum objects aa its material to explore materiality, value and hierarchy working with three significant collections in the UK.
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 a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. My pedagogical interests lie in issues around professional development for artists, assimilation and synchronicity between teaching and creative practice, and materiality. I am a founder member of Artist Interaction and Representation (AIR) a body of over 18,000 artists and worked in the early development stages of the Paying Artists Campaign. I am regularly invited to contribute to think tanks and conferences for organisations such as Engage, AN Publications, Making Culture Work and Artquest.
I wholeheartedly believe in OCA’s values around accessibility and open learning, and as OCA programme leader for Fine Art (post-and undergraduate) and BA Painting (having previously taught at Norwich University College of the Arts), I find working with students rewarding and refreshing as we co-engage in the processes of creating things in the world and the fascinating dialogue that surrounds this production.