I utilise a variety of media and forms to realise my work, though lens-based media, painting and 3D installation have formed the core of my previous practice. My work has also incorporated drawing, specialist imaging techniques (e.g. using Scanning Electron Microscopes), and tattooing.
Past projects have involved developing photographs onto leather using silver gelatin emulsion, light and photographic installation, and live tattooing in a gallery environment. I am interested in exploring the possibilities of working with highly tactile and bodily materials (leather, latex, surgical thread, vellum, clothing patterns, velvet and silks). My intense preoccupation with the skin stems from my training as a tattooist, and this feeds into my art work, lending to it a highly visceral and corporeal dimension.
I am interested in exploring the traces of human activity and memory left behind in everyday objects and materials, some of which may be intimately connected with peoples lives, generating all kinds of personal associations and perhaps even fetishes; and some of which may be detached and banal, revealing a cold and anonymous object-history.
My previous works seek to weave a complex web of associations between selfhood, the inscription and hidden traces of memory, skin, sex and flesh. The skin surface and its history - be it human or animal - is central to my work; it is the site of encounter with the wider world, the place where identity is formed and assigned, and it is through skin sensations that we prove ourselves finally to be in the world.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
2013 - PhD History of Art, UCL History of Art Department & Science Museum London, London
2009 - MA Visual Anthropology, The University of Manchester, Manchester
2005 - PGCE (Secondary) Art & Design, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester
2004 - BA (Hons) Fine Art, The University of Leeds, Leeds
2005 - ArtSway Open Exhibition 05, ArtSway, Sway, Hampshire
2002 - Agitate, Great Northern Railway Building, Manchester
2002 - The Body Politic, The Green Room, Manchester
2001 - V.U.B, 4th Floor Gallery, Islington Mill, Salford, Manchester
2004 - View, Lifton Place Studios, The University of Leeds
2013 - Foreign Bodies, University College London, London
2002 - The Body Politic , The Green Room, Manchester
2004 - Inscriptions, Lifton Place Studios, The University of Leeds, Leeds
2005 - Colour & Chemistry Nanoart Symposium, Sherborne House, Sherborne, Dorset
Educational experience - secondary
2006 - Teacher of Art & Design, Chorlton High School, Manchester
2006 - Teacher of Art & Photography, Plant Hill Arts College, Manchester
Educational experience - special needs
2009 - SLD Teacher, Melland High School Sixth Form, Manchester
2007 - Learning & Behaviour Support Teacher, Bankhead Academy, Aberdeen