My main area of interest has been the issues surrounding the relationships between humans and animals. In my recent practice I have been exploring the idea of the animal as practitioner and how different species might shape, frame and make space in our everyday urban environments through methods of sculpture and drawing.
As human beings we believe that our urban environments are ours, but actually, these spaces are a much more complex environment involving many species whether they are domestic, wild or farmed for their produce, most of them contributing to our own survival, but when does a wild animal like a rabbit or a bird for example become domesticated? My practice has not only aimed on exploring these issues, but has also examined our own human Fragility, by creating sculptures that are not only works of art but are also spaces for an encounter between species.
As apart of this project I have been exploring the term ‘Vermin culture’. This term is given to various species of animal, which are considered a nuisance or a ‘pest’. This inspired me to produce a number of sculptures made from a variety of found objects that I placed in a deranged manner to give the illusion of an unstable structure that could trap or snare an animal. From These sculptural spaces, I have used traditional drawing techniques with a contemporary aesthetic to document and record these temporary structural forms. “To consider the boundaries of what it means to be human rather than animal”(O’Reilly,2009,p.149.) is a quote I have used as a guiding principle in my work to address questions about the residual traces left by animals, looking at the spaces animals inhabit and turning them into sculptural forms.
CV & Education
2012-2013 MA Fine Art, Manchester Metropolitan University
2009-2012 BA (Hons) Contemporary Art, University of Huddersfield (1st class degree)
2008-2009 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Telford College of
Art and Technology (Distinction)
2006-2008 BTEC Art and Design, Telford College (Distinction)
2005-2006 Foundation Degree in Art and Design, Telford Collage of
Art and Technology. (Distinction)
?Grants and Awards
2016 GM Arts Prize, Elliot House, Manchester (Shortlisted)
2014 The Great Art Award, Nottingham Castle Open, Nottingham
?Exhibitions and Festivals
2017 Trap and Snare, Solo Exhibition, Blackpool and The Flyde College, Blackpool.
2016 UKYA Festival, Derby.
2016 private:PUBLIC, 35 Chapel Walk, Sheffield
2016 Greater Manchester Art Prize, Elliot House, Deansgate,
2016 Waterside open, Waterside Art Centre, 1 Waterside Plaza,
2015 Outside The Box, 6 George Street, Altrincham.
2015 Bankley Open Exhibition, Bankley Street, Levenhulme,
2015 Shelf Life, PS Mirabel, 14 - 20 Mirabel Street, Manchester.
2015 Neo: art prize, neo:gallery22, The Market Place, Bolton.
2015 Altrincham Open Exhibition, 82-84 George St, Altrincham .
2014 Nottingham Castle Open Exhibition, Nottingham Castle,
Casple PI, Nottingham.
2014 Everyday Illusions, PAPER Gallery, 14 - 20 Mirabel Street,
2014 The Granary Art Gallery, Weston Park, Weston-under-
2013 What? Now!, Manchester Metropolitan University School of
2012 Oil, Grease and Rubber, Unit 4B Piccadilly Place,
2012 This is how you stand correctly, Vyner Street Gallery, Vyner
2012 This is how you stand correctly, University of Huddersfield,
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
2011 I Presume, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, West
Yorkshire Degree shows.
2015 Outside the Box Exhibition Catalogue
2015 Neo:Art prize Exhibition Catalogue
2012 How you stand correctly, Exhibition Catalogue
2015 Roller Gallery Online Exhibition, Cheltenham Mount, Harrogate, North Yorkshire.