Combining the mass produced and the unique is, for me, full of suggestion and contradiction. I am interested in the process of reproduction (printmaking, laser cutting, high tech and lo-tech) and also by the theme of reproduction (with reference to the ethical debate surrounding biotechnology, genetics, sex and consumerism). Printed images and multiples enable a process of vulgarisation, undermine the obsession with originality, so that content becomes the primary concern. The repetition of the same imagery echoes our obsession with labels and brands as assurances of quality and also, paradoxically, echoes our fears provoked by images of cloning and other genetic interventions. I am especially interested in the idea of the imperfect edition. Traditionally a printmaker is to be congratulated on his or her skill in producing a perfect edition. I have always found this to be a very mechanical approach; after the thrill of pulling the first few prints the process is predictable, a routine. To subvert the idea of an edition is exciting and a good metaphor for the paradoxical relationship between group identity and individuality. In the natural world we are familiar with classification along the lines of type yet on reflection every single leaf on a beech tree, as well as being true to type, is distinctly different. I often take my starting point from commercial packaging nets that I customise in terms of structure and scale. Individual structures can then become units in a giant construction set, with the potential for endless configurations or systematic modifications and reworkings according to context. My current series of laser cut paper and acrylic vessels explore the theme of survival.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
1995 - Illustration, Royal College of Art, London
1995 - MA Fine Art Printmaking, Camberwell College of Arts, London
1986 - BA (Hons) Fine Art and French , Exeter University
1985 - Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, France
Competitions, prizes and awards
2014 Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust Award
2014 Quenington Sculpture Foundation bursary
2012 - 2013 Grant for the Arts award for research and development of new work, National Lottery through Arts Council England, UK
2010 Exeter Arts Council Grant for installation for The Joy Collective tour, Exeter,CCANW. The Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust Award for laser cutting, Plymouth College of Art
2007 Awards for All grant to fund costume and set design for The Winter's Tale , Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon.
Prize Winner Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2007, Pittville Studios, University of Gloucester,
2006 Arts Council Grant, Art Farm Project, Devon
2003 FUSE bursary from Compassion in World Farming and Littoral Arts to produce work in response to the ethics of biotechnology
2002 Exeter Arts Council grant to finance residency and installation at the Phoenix Gallery ‘I don’t want to go to school.’
2017 The Observatory Residency (forthcoming), Bucklers Hard, Beaulieu
2013 - 2015 National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth. Inaugural artist in residence
2009 - 2010 AA2A residency in laser cutting, Plymouth College of Art and Design
2015 ‘Gather-ing,’ Contemporary craft commission for the Priory, Stoke Sub Hamdon, Somerset. Initiated by Somerset Art Works, and the National Trust. Curated by Craftspace.
2012 NEOREPLICANTS, Exeter Phoenix Digital Art 3D print Commission and exhibition working in partnership with the Centre for Additive Layering manufacturing, Exeter University.
2012 THE JOY OF MAKING, commission for installation of 50 laser cut paper vessels, Wolverhampton Art Gallery
2011 NEW, FOUND TREASURES Commission for a series of laser cut paper vessels for the collection, National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth
2009 LIQUID LANDSCAPES: Collaboration with U.S. choreographer Stephan Koplowitz, Dartington Arts commission for 300 paper vessels, site specific performance at Mayflower Steps, Plymouth
2007 Design and Construction of a series of film trophies for Two Short Nights film festival awards, Exeter Phoenix Projects
2005 FIVE MAGAZINE curated by Gavin Turk, Published by Portfolio Five, Exeter
2013 - 2015 BURNT OUT, national touring solo exhibition - Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, 20- 21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe, Chapel Gallery Ormskirk, Shire Hall Gallery Stafford, Hartlepool Art Gallery and other venues tbc, funded by National Lottery, through Arts Council England.
2014 A SHORT FUZE Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower , a series of site specific sculptural and wall based installations
2012 THE JOY OF MAKING installation of 50 laser cut paper vessels, Wolverhampton Art Gallery
2008 A Strange Harvest, Installation and 3D print works, Edinburgh Printmakers (Galleries 2 & 3), Edinburgh
2007 The Winter's Tale Set and costume Design, Dartington Hall , Coleton Fishacre, Kingswear
2007 The Animals Went in Two by Two, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe
2006 The Animals went in Two by Two, Fold Gallery, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria
2002 I don't want to go to school. Installation and residency, Exeter Phoenix.
1997 The Same but Different. A show of 3D printed constructions, London Print Workshop
Ffolio. Llantarnam Grange
Paper. Salisbury Arts Centre
Fresh Air Sculpture 2015. Quenington Old Rectory.
From Cowboys to Astronauts – towards a circular economy, Exeter University
Craft and Conflict, Bilston Craft Gallery, Wolverhampton
The Art of Remembering, Rheged Centre, Penrith, touring to The Dock Museum in Barrow and The Beacon, Whitehaven
Oriel Davies Open 2014 Newtown, Powys.
Materials Matter. Devon Guild of Craftsmen
Growing: Celebrating our past, exploring our future, National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford. Leading figures in the sphere of contemporary craft and design, artists, curators, writers and influencers were invited to nominate work by emerging and established artists who will be the innovators of the future.
Hand-made Future, Blank Media Collective, Manchester.
intoLACE. Thelma Hulbert Gallery and Devon Guild of Craftsmen
The Journey: Exploring the Nature of Mending. Wallford Mill Crafts
Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London
ALLOTMENT curated by TROVE, mac Birmingham
Feeling the Pressure, Rhyl Library, Museum & Arts Centre
National Sculpture Prize Finalist, Broomhill Art and Sculpture Foundation, Barnstaple
LOVELACE International Lace Awards, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. Finalist.
10 X 10, 20 -21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe
About Time, The National Centre for Craft & Design, Sleaford
EVOLVER Prize 2011, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton
Illustrious, The Point, Eastleigh
New Territories, The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey
'Paper', Craft House Concept, Edinburgh
Up Close, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey
Present Makers , Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton
TACO Torre Abbey Contemporary Open, Torre Abbey , Torquay
CLOSURE, artworks-MK, Milton Keynes
Gallery Artists, EDGAR MODERN, Bath
Multiples Cabinet, MONSTER TRUCK Gallery, Dublin
PLACE IDENTITY MEMORY, Stranraer Museum, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries
TACO - Torre Abbey Contemporary Open, Torre Abbey Historic House, Torquay
Blank Canvas, Torre Abbey, Torquay
Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2008, Pittville Studios, University of Gloucester
'As if one wasn't enough.', 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe
Pinstripes and Pistons, 20 -21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe
The Art Farm Project, Rocombe farm, Devon
Boxing Clever. International portfolio of paper engineering, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
IMPACT 4 International Printmaking Conference, Muzeum Narodowe w Pozaniu, Pozan, Poland
Pulp Fantasy. An exhibition of paper art, 20-21 Visual Arts centre, Scunthorpe
snowcase#5 an installation of artists' multiples curated by Steve Messam, Fold Gallery, Cumbria
FUSE. An exhibition of art inspired by biotechnology, ICA, The Mall, London
National Print Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2012 Axis Artist of the Month (December)
2012 Curators' Choice , isendyouthis, online.
2010 Axis Choice - curators' selection
2015 Visiting lecturer and Fablab technical support Plymouth College of Art
2000 Head of Art, Stoodley Knowle School
1998 Part- time teacher of Art, Chigwell School, Essex
1995 Head of Art, Davenant Foundation School, Loughton, Essex
2011 EMBARK: Ferry Art, King Harry Ferry, Truro
2010 Meleager's Garland. Site specific installation curated by Anneka French, Sir Joseph Bank's Conservatory, Lincoln
JOY COLLECTIVE, Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World, Exeter
2007 Le Jour le Plus Bon, La caserne des 26000 , 17 rue du 26eme Dragons, Dijon
2014 National Museum of Wales : Behind the Scenes of the Museum: Artists in Collections, Axis Symposium supported by Arts Council Wales
2013 Abbot Hall Art Gallery Kendal : Museum, Artists and Collections, hosted by Museum Development North West and Axis Web
2015 Elected trustee, Devon Guild of Craftsmen
2013 Elected member , Devon Guild of Craftsmen
2012 Elle Decoration Hot List, Elle Decoration April 2012