Although I have often used paint, since moving to France in 2002 I have increasingly focused on making installation, site-specific installation, constructed art work, photography and printmaking.
I am influenced by abstraction but like to collect objects I have found or been given, searching out simple everyday materials which I seek to transform or fashion into a new form. I am interested in the unexpected directions the actual handling of a material or found object can provoke. There seems to be a clear link that lies between all living things and as the very smallest changes can lead to very much larger ones then our ability to control our lives and future is clearly limited. This I see as a liberating idea in which creativity is obviously essential in order to move forward and as I make art works my ambition is that I will be surprised by what unfolds before my eyes. I am very interested in random forms.
Photography has become an essential part of making images for me, initially becoming a necessity in recording fragile and site-specific art work, but now fully part of my exhibitions.
As a printmaker I have worked on projects for UK and international artists through 107 Workshop (Jack Shirreff) and in Paris with Michael Woolworth and this has a profound influence on my work practise.
Qualifications and training
- 1988 BA Hons Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham
- 1984 Intaglio printmaker, 107 Workshop, Melksham, Wiltshire
- 2008 Awakenings Installation, Parsons Gallery, Paris
- 2012 Anemones installation/exhibition, Chateau de la Guerche, La Guerche, south touraine, France
- 2011 Edition of woodcut prints, l'Artotheque de Chatellerault/Bilbliotheque national de France, Chatellerault
- 2006 Slow News Installation, Le Vitrine Gallery, Ecole d'Arts Plastique, Chatellerault