Central to my practice is the investigation of uninhabited places- domestic, public and imaginary. In doing so, I realise that I am driven, not by the high drama of life, rather the mundane, everyday repetitive routines that ensure survival and encapsulate culture and identity. Although my practice is rooted in the present, there is an awareness of the history of place, people and objects and in common with other artists I will look to the past when seeking solutions for the present. It is more important for me to elicit an emotional response rather than a literal interpretation of place that I may share with the viewer.
"Perfect Princess Series"
Investigation of the photographed portrait using porcelain dolls enabled exploration of lighting and technique without the need to flatter the subject. In using these inanimate objects, something strange began to happen as they emerged from the printer. Behind their perfect porcelain facade there seemed to be an impression of intelligent life in their eyes, some looking indifferently, others with a more malevolent air.Although cherished by many, they have the ability to disconcert the viewer with their gaze. This investigation has evolved into an exploration of the porcelain doll and the people that collect them.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
2009 - BA(Hons) Fine Art Degree (1st Class) , Coleg Menai, Bangor
2010 - "Cynefin", Galeri Ianto, Beaumaris, North Wales
2010 - Open Exhibition, Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy, North Wales
2010 - Oriel Bangor 2010 Open Art Exhibition Selectors Prize, Oriel Bangor, Bangor North Wales
2008 - Signature Photography Awards, The Empire Gallery, London
2007 - CUDDFAN - HIDING PLACE, Art Space, Galeri, Caernarfon
Competitions, prizes and awards
2011 - Photography Intern, Arts Council of Wales, Wales & Venice Biennale 2011
2010 - Oriel Bangor 2010 Open Art Exhibition Selectors Prize, Oriel Bangor, North Wales
2010 - Oriel Wrecsam Open Exhibition, Amatuer Prize, Oriel Wrecsam, Rhosddu Road, Wrexham, LL11 1Au
2009 - Oriel Bangor Open Competition, Bangor Museum and Art Gallery, North Wales
2008 - Oriel Bangor Open Competition, Bangor Museum and Art Gallery, Bangor, North Wales
2008 - Safle Graduate Award short list, Safle, Cardiff
Educational experience - tertiary
2002 - Access to Art and Design, Llandrillo College, Rhos-on-Sea
2010 - Melt Art Fair, Mile End Pavillion, Mile End Park, E3 4Y
2009 - Stills photographer on set of Sherlock Holmes, Global Asylum Films, North Wales
2008 - Photomonth Photo-Open, Dray Walk Gallery, Brick Lane, London E1 6QL