Transmute: Change the form, nature, or substance of
Mutation: The process, or an instance of change or alteration
Trans-(Prefix): Across, beyond, through, on or to the other side of, into another state or place.
Gently tweaking the knobs of reality - trans-muting found, used, discarded & recycled materials into strange and unexpected new forms.
I have worked as a sculptor, animator, junk alchemist, blacksmith, welder, maker, rigger, cook and performer. After full time education I worked extensively in the voluntary sector, gaining experience working on large-scale outdoor celebratory events and devising/building theatre sets. I then went on to gain experience in the building and metalwork trades, and learnt fabrication and forgework techniques whilst working for a blacksmith. During this time I also experimented with digitally created 2D artworks and lo-fi audio-visual performances featuring sonic sculpture, junk lighting, queasy electronic sampling and semi-improvised electro-acoustic music.
Amongst other things I have created giant blue spotted concrete dragons, solar powered Edwardian Spaceships, wind powered giants, radio controlled twittering machines, fire-sculptures, flotsam & jetsam puppets, air powered bugs on rickshaws, cycle powered sound sculptures and Leviathan Horns.
I often work collaboratively with many other artists, musicians,sound sculptors, pyrotechnicians, performers, vagabonds and dreamers.
I co-founded and run the outdoor performance/carnival collective Rag & Bone and the sound and landscape group Leviathan Whispers.
I am constantly looking to expand my knowledge, experience and skills - working collaboratively with other artists and disciplines is an ideal way to achieve this. Currently I am developing my experience and knowledge of pyrotechnics and in the last few years have also been developing collaborative projects mixing junk sculpture/puppetry with video and digital animation, and live music and digitally altered soundscapes.
CV & Education
2005 - 5,6,Pick up sticks, Lanternhouse, Ulverston, Cumbria
2005 - Pre-History today, FEVA festival, Henshaws Art&Craft Centre, Knaresbourough
2004 - Reloaded, Henshaw's Art and Crafts Centre, Knaresborough
2003 - Flash Trash, Henshaw's Art and Crafts Centre, Knaresborough
1997 - CIK Celebration Exhibition, Kirklees Media Centre
1997 - Dinosaurorchestra, interactive musical sculptures, Oakwell Hall Country Park, Birstall
1996 - Tunnelvision interactive installation/performance, Theatre-on-the-Mill, Bradford
2007 - Rag & Bone, ongoing outdoor performance collective, www.rag-bone.org
2006 - Leviathan whispers, ongoing sound art/landscape project, www.leviathanwhispers.co.uk
2005 - Solar Powered water trumpets, Drawing on water, Royds Day Care Centre, Hebden Bridge, West Yorks
2008 - The Whispering City, Leicester Guildhall, Leicester
2007 - A Glitch in The System, 5min film/animation commission, west Yorkshire