When people see my work, they worry. They tell me I have obsessive-compulsive tendencies. I prefer to describe myself as a bit of a nerd and my work as reductive, repetitive, economic, considered, measured, exact, reflexive, cyclic, subversive and perverse. I tell them I'm interested in failed idealism, aspirations, the impossible and equivalence. I try to get a grip on how we construct knowledge about the world and have a stubborn thirst to find out what makes it tick. Scientists observe and measure, and prove and disprove theories. In an inconsequential, rebellious alter-science, my work is a series of attempts to pin down reality, to anchor and elucidate it somehow.
I am known to have a meticulous attention to detail, often focusing on minute events such as the meniscus of water, the fluff on tennis balls, the straightness of a freehand line. I enjoy handling objects such as sugar cubes, ladders, needles or rulers whose aesthetic values are routinely overlooked. I have an intuitive need to dissect, construct and manipulate the stuff that surrounds us in our day-to-day lives to create a new language of things.
Negotiating a practice whilst raising a young child has forced me to consider the parallels between these two weighty responsibilities. The work I make involves ridiculous and arduous processes resulting in films, objects, performance, paintings and installations. Pieces are often slight, fragile and absurd and their subtext often channels the experience of my child's development. For example, The little sculpture that could, is a supported and precarious column aiming to stand tall and straight which was built whilst encouraging a nine month year old to stand unaided.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
2003 - Master Fine Art, Slade School of Fine Art, London
2001 - BA Hons (First), University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
2010 - I shave tennis balls rather than blend vegetables, BADept, Blackpool
2012 - Fixation, Wolstenholme Creative Space, Liverpool
2011 - Time Pieces, Peter Scott Gallery, LICA, Lancaster
2010 - Northern Futures, The Civic, Barnsley
2010 - Sedition, Tullie House, Carlisle
2009 - Pudding, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh
2009 - Temporary Measures, The Vault Gallery, Lancaster
2011 - When Unlikely Things Happen, Cornerhouse, Manchester
2011 - When Unlikely Things Happen, Storey Gallery, Lancaster
2012 - Artist Talk & Visiting Lecturer, Leeds College of Art, Leeds
2011 - Artist Talk , Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool
2011 - Artist Talk & Visiting Lecturer, Lakes College, Cumbria
2011 - Artist Talk & Visiting Lecturer, Teeside University, Middlesborough
2010 - Artist Talk & Visiting Lecturer, Teeside University, Middlesborough
2010 - Artist Talk with Laura Van Tatenhove, The University of Huddersfield, Huddersfiled
Competitions, prizes and awards
2010 - Northern Futures Award 10, The Civic, Barnsley