Amanda Hopkins

Concepts My work seeks to reconnect people with themselves, their everyday activities and the places they inhabit and encounter. The glass lenses in 'Knotted Gate' (1996) and 'Collective Evidence - Bus Routes' (1994), Slice of Life (2005), Ropetackle lenses (2007) achieve this by focusing attention on the often by-passed details of the everyday. 'Once upon a Time' (2002) and 'Markers' (1998) re-connect people with the history of the place in which they are sited. Much of what I do is about re-framing what we see and experience around us. The creation of new, secular rituals as an integral part of the work is becoming increasingly important - 'Five Minutes Peace' (2000); 'Once upon a Time' (2002), Star (2009). Career path I trained originally as a psychologist. After working for some time in research I returned to college to study my first love - art and design. I graduated with First Class Honours from Middlesex University in 1993 and set up my own art and design practice. Since then I have developed my personal work and worked to commission for public and private clients. Public commissions completed include site-specific sculptural interventions for the Islington Ecology Centre, Gillespie Nature Reserve (London), Davy Down Park (Essex). I have been artist consultant for Essex County Council, collaborating with architects in re-building 13 schools. I occasionally exhibit in galleries but my main focus is on putting work in real social/environmental situations. My research background emphasises process as much as product in my practice. This emphasis also leads me into teaching - I currently a part-time senior lecturer at Central St Martin's College of Art and Design on a multidisciplinary course : BA Architecture, Objects & Spaces. read full statement

Location Shoreham, South East