My current research is based around visual expressions of psychological ideas of self and identity, reflected through the twin effects of attraction and repulsion engendered by a fascination with remains: specifically, human remains as presented by the medical museum, with its mixed message of instruction and sideshow. To this end I am currently engaged in a process of visiting anatomical museums in order to make work within the body of the museum itself. My interest in the aesthetics and symbolism of the 19C medical museum concerns the use of its collections, taxonomies, and histories as metaphors for a contemporary subjective experience of the body, in life and death.
Ultimately, I aim to take the work I make in the museum back into the gallery, blurring the distinctions between one kind of display or collection and another, creating a kind of cognitive dissonance that might cause the viewer to question their position as spectator. This is an ongoing, multi-disciplinary body of work that employs a process of sensory ethnography to map, record and reflect information on a number of levels, and is currently informing both studio practice and written papers.
Qualifications and training
- 2011 Arts in a Social Context, Colchester School of Art/University of Essex, Colchester
- 2010 An Order of Things, Minories Gallery, Colchester
- 2012 Curious Pursuits, Portico Library, Manchester
- 2011 Outside 11: Artist as Outsider, Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester
- 2012 Making Myself a Monster: Self-portraiture as Teratological Specimen, Cultures of Anatomical Collections conference, Universeteit Leiden, Netherlands
- 2011 Wood Institute research fellow, Mutter Museum, College of Physicians, Philadelphia, USA
- 2011 Our Histories: the Old inside the New, Peterborough City Hospital, Outpatients, Peterborough