In my work I use, adapt and transform domestic objects and create sculptural forms that are inspired by a variety of elements drawn from social and personal histories. I also create immersive installations that use craft elements, drawing and photography drawing on traditions of assemblage and installation. I am interested in ideas surrounding memory, home, social histories and the real and imagined and many of my works have elements that suggest longing, escape and melancholy.
Another important part of my work is the notion of landscape and place and how these strands can be experienced through common domestic objects and materials such as wallpaper, curtains and furniture coverings. I find these mediums offer the chance to rework familiar patterns and make them recall the netherworld between waking and dreaming, a world where images, shapes and memory morph.
Many of my installations, embroidery pieces, drawings and photography have been triggered by domestic objects, fabrics and family photographs because I find that these can be used to recall a previous time and moment and to perhaps trigger a sense of memory in the viewer. I also use historical and archival research as inspiration to create my pieces. Transformation and metamorphosis have been important elements in recent works, including pieces like Other, which drew inspiration from the history of Preston Manor, a historic home in Brighton and the historic practice there of burying family pets in a 'pet cemetery'. There was a strong element of the uncanny in this piece, which fused craft and embroidery practice with social histories and a supernatural sense of the 'other'. Similarly, recent works, such as Tree Boys and Tree are inspired by specific social histories and particular historic locations, but both works fuse these elements to produce something that seems strange but rooted in a tangible sense of history.
CV & Education
2004 Central St Martin’s College of Art & Design, M.F.A
1998 Winchester School of Art, B.A Hons Fine Art Printmaking
2015 Harvest commissioned by Metal to produce work in response to the traditional festival, alongside 10 artist commissions alongside lead artists Lucy and Jorge Orta, Studio Orta. http://www.metalculture.com/projects/harvest-festival/
2015 In-Site Collaborative site-specific commission along the Rochester & Chatham riverside.
2014 Hoodwink commission ‘Letters Home’ site-specific response to Horsmonden. www.hoodwink.org.uk
2013 Unravelling the Vyne, The Vyne, Unravelled
2012 Unravelling Nymans, Nymans House and Gardens, Unravelled
2010 Unravelling the Manor House, Preston Manor Brighton, Unravelled
2007 Comfort Zones touring exhibition curated by Oriel Davies Gallery
2010 Terrain Rodhus Gallery, Brighton
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015 Leaving Home, Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery, London, group show with featured Unravelled artists. http://www.caa.org.uk/exhibitions/archive/2015/leaving-home/
2013-14 Letters Home site-specific response to Horsmonden social club & Gun & Spitroast pub
2014 Unravelling Uppark, Unravelled, Uppark House & Gardens.
2013 Craft Emergency Open, aspex gallery, Portsmouth.
2013 Unravelling the Vyne, Unravelled, The Vyne, West Sussex
2012 Unravelling Nymans, Unravelled, Nymans House and Gardens
2011 Shifting Boundaries, House Festival, Phoenix Brighton
2010 Lost in Translation? Riverside Studios, London
2010 Unravelling the Manor House, Preston Manor, Brighton
2010 Dream Home, Phoenix Brighton Gallery, Brighton
2008 I am not I: pity the tale of me curated by Robert Lowe part of www.axisweb.org.uk
2008 That’s Entertainment…Off-site project curated by Cathy Lomax, Transition Gallery London as part of Whitstable Biennial, Comfort Zones Oriel Davis Gallery group show touring to: Quay Arts, Newport, Isle of Wight and Bury St. Edmunds Gallery
2007 Comfort Zones Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales, touring to Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle, James Hockey Galleries, Farnham
2006 Jerwood Drawing Prize touring to: Rennie Mackintosh Gallery, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Bayart, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff , The Gallery, The Arts Institute at Bournemouth, Poole, Drawing Room Phoenix Gallery, Brighton
City Running, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton Fringe Festival
2005 Jerwood Drawing Prize Jerwood Space, London touring to University of Gloucestershire, Pittville Gallery, Cheltenham, What Happens When Everything Is Reduced to Ones and Zeros? Pearlfisher Gallery, London
Sussex Open ‘Words-Imagination, Fantasy and Tales’ Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
2004 Perspective 2004 Ormeau Baths Gallery Belfast curator Vittorio Urbani Director of Nuova Icona Venice
The Inscriptive Ferret, curated by Craig Martin, Space 44, London
2003 artinheaven The Meeting House, Sussex University, Brighton Fringe Festival
Here The Lethaby Gallery, Southampton Row, London
2002 The Haven Phoenix Gallery, Brighton
2001 Collective Pulse (duo show) Orleans House, Twickenham & Gallery 100 Queens Road, Brighton
2000 TW7 Redlees Arts and Crafts Stables, Isleworth, West London
1998 16 New Artists The Tannery London
1997 Instalce (duo show) Galerie Aspekt Brno, Czech Republic
2008 Aftershave Workshop, Nigeria Triangle Arts Trust
2007 Braziers International Artist’s Workshop Oxfordshire, UK
2005 International Artist Fellowship with the Arts Institute Prague, Czech Republic
2009 Phoenix Brighton Studios Tours part of ‘House’ Brighton Festival, talk on ‘Aftershave’ workshop Nigeria and presentation of new work.
Coastal Currents talk on current projects and residencies and role at Fabrica Contemporary Art Gallery
2013 Arrivals & Departures, travel grant from Farnham Maltings for R&D visit to New York City.
2008 Arts Council Individual Award
2004 Arts Council R & D Award
2012 CultureCloud shortlisted from 927 entries to the final 101
2009 Short-listed for Resider/Reside cross border residency and exhibition project
2004 Short-listed for newcontemporaries, London & the Jerwood Drawing Prize
2013 & 2014, Crafts Magazine July/August, May/June issues.
2012 Crafts Magazine, May/June issue, news item, Celebrating Sussex, the Argus and online review from Crafts July, Embroidery magazine and Selvedge magazine, September/October issues
2012 Unravelling Nymans, produced by Unravelled Arts
2010 Unravelling the Manor House, produced by Unravelled Arts
2010 Crafts Magazine, review, July/August issue
2010 Arts Industry, published by BC Publication
2007 Comfort Zones, produced by Oriel Davies Gallery
2005 The Jerwood Drawing Prize, produced by Wimbledon School of Art
2004 Perspective 2004, produced by Ormeau Baths Gallery.