The main focus of my sculptural work is the aesthetic quality of materials combined with a high level of craftsmanship; appreciation of materials for their own qualities and the love of making for its own sake. Using predominantly found wooden furniture, I restore and modify its appearance and transform it into storage units. These units contain quantities of metal objects made by a repeated process and presented in regimented rows and columns.
I find the contrast between wood and metal provides a visually pleasing aesthetic but there is also a hierarchical relationship present as the materials that are contained are stronger and more durable that the natural containers themselves. The units are a personal attempt to keep and maintain an element of order and control in a world that is besieged by personal and peripheral chaos.
My sculpture therefore represents one of the few things over which there is any degree of certainty. Each individual object can be viewed as a special memory, an event or a relationship contained in a piece that has been subjected to its own inanimate past existence. In each case, the timber has been extracted from its natural trajectory and placed into another scenario. This suggests that history and the future are never set; they are always subject to change. We constantly exist in a state of flux despite our best efforts to order and control our own lives.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
2012 - MA - Learning & Teaching Strategies in H.E, University of Chester, Chester, Parkgate Campus
2009 - Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
2009 - PGCert - Learning & Teaching in H.E, University of Chester, Chester, Parkgate Campus
2002 - BA (Hons) - Fine Art, University of Chester, Chester, Parkgate Campus
2012 - Trace, Motorcade/FlashParade Gallery, Bristol
2011 - In The Woods Today, Alvanley Cliff Woodland, Alvanley
2011 - The Exchange, Neal's Yard Gallery, Chester
2011 - Untitled Staff Exhibition, Contemporary Art Space Chester (CASC), Chester
2010 - Intro, The CUBE Gallery, Manchester
2010 - The Conversation, Christ Church, Chester
2010 - Untitled Staff Exhibition, Binks Building, University of Chester
2009 - Encounter, NOVAS Contemporary Urban Centre, Liverpool
2007 - Open Art Exhibition, Grosvenor Museum, Chester
2002 - Fine Art, University of Chester