An interdisciplinary artist and researcher based in East Midlands, UK, I have exhibited in Italy, New Zealand, Norway and the USA as well as the UK using a wide variety of media but currently focusing on sound and light. My interests are borders and transitory spaces, which I see as engaging political thought and social engagement. These interests focus not only on the crossing, the moment where one thing becomes another, a transient, ambiguous space and that reveals the fragility of the isolated moment but also relate to place and placelessness and to concepts of territory, the horizon and to identity. However, the border locates itself within the larger environment of the hinterland, a littoral zone of constant change. It includes the non-place which functions as a territorialised space as well as political, social, cultural, geographical borders.
My current focus is on light and sound, which also includes silence. Sound is a way of engaging with space, and borders in particular, where the leakiness of sound overrides the border. Light creates constantly changing crepuscular zones. These can be aligned to the nature of cities from heart to marginal areas. The hapticity of these spaces and the rhythms found within it allow a different understanding by using the ephemeral, temporary nature of sound and light. An ultimate aim is to experiment using sound and light as momentary structures, to construct an ephemeral sculptural object that promotes a fluid creative process whereby ideas are generated that can transcend the stuckness of the conventional artefact which, by its very nature indicates tangibility, a solidity. Silence is an important part and I have a long-standing ambition to record silence, which has taken me underground and underwater to no avail.
Taking sound and light as if tangible objects enables me to look at their influence on the space around them and also incorporates the sculptural sensibilities of the ‘object’. This is defined as how the object transforms its surroundings, creating, locating, altering and crossing boundaries. Identifying these ‘objects’, in the shape of sound and light, as already present in the environment such as a door left ajar with light and voices creeping out or as scenarios constructed using things found on location such as an object that filters light or a tin can that can echo a sound from elsewhere, they allow a tangibility of the ephemeral. The conjunction of space and object creates an intersection, a meeting place. All these situations expose the way space is altered through their presence. It highlights the situation of space – open, closed; public, private; belonging, free; institutional, restrictive or can transform space into place, re-configure a border zone and brings into play the concept of time. my intentions are that by using sound and light to extend the remit of the solid artefact creates momentary structures as solid as the object that re-vision and act as springboard for new thoughts.
Allowing a discourse where the intersections of space, function, public and artist create a dialogue, the process of art making becomes performative. The constant disturbance through the dislocation of site through sound and light creates constantly changing events and relations. It asks questions such as ‘What interactions occur amongst strangers?’, ‘How how does the space influence behaviour?’ Looking at all aspects of these areas from differing viewpoints creates a comprehensive and questioning body of work. I see my work as being situated in the folds of everyday life where the everyday is a functional space that encompasses the commonplace actions that each of us carries out routinely where each of those actions is unique – to each other, to its own repetitive action, to the individual. I try to create a dialogue between space and place using temporary, ephemeral and provisional interruptions. These explore in-between spaces, inside and outside, nowhere and somewhere to locate, re-locate and re-contextualise territory referencing what has been, what is or what could be; the past, the present and the future and where it intersects with the human relationship.
I have especial interests in the outer edges of cities where the margins may become increasingly influential at the centre. For example, in the marginal yet important areas of Mumbai where markets are the focus of everyday activity, a fish-seller with only a very small number of fish for sale conducts business on a mobile phone. This duality of existence where poverty is not seen as an excluding factor in the use of contemporary technology thus creates a global position that could influence governmental strategies. Observations such as these form part of my artist practice that inform and are informed by theoretical knowledge that is taken from a variety of disciplines. It is important that my work has a political and social dimension. These ideas are transferrable and relevant to contemporary society and it is here that I wish to make the greatest impact.
My main strength and motivation is ideas-led. I aim for an experimental approach that engages with the viewer and develops the critical thinking that connects practice and theory. What is important is that it is experimental and that it proposes an exploratory way of looking and thinking that could be seen as presenting a set of proposals that thus develops a critical engagement.
Current work includes developing particular points of my practice-led PhD thesis for publication, finding a useful strategy for practice-led research and a methodology that has the potential to provide a less subjective means of evaluation and valuable to cross-platform research fields. I undertake residencies and exhibition work that develops my practice and/or my research.
Overall, I see myself as an artist for whom intense research is necessary both theoretically and practically, who is willing to take risks to produce artwork that presents an alternative viewpoint using knowledge that is woven from different disciplines thus creating a unique body of knowledge that is inherent within the final outcome.
CV & Education
2017 Residency, Canada
2017 Emvan, Meet the Artist
2017 Art-Athina, HMS project, Athens
2018 Soundscapes Publication, Urbino, Italy
2014 - 2017. Research Fellow, Centre for Fine Art Research (CFAR) at Birmingham School of Art. Director: Professor Johnny Golding.
2013 PhD Fine Art and Philosophy, Staffordshire University, UK
2007 MA Fine Art, Staffordshire University, UK
2014 Anywhere is Everyhere is a Circular Tale tAd Gallery, Texas, USA
2010 Exchange, Vault Gallery, Lancaster
2010 You are here, Stoke-on-Trent
2016 Small Talk, All-in-a-loop, Chiari, Italy
2016 ergh mmm (Translating the Wind) at InDialogues Conference, Nottingham
2016 Under in One Minute Volume 9, Rogue Cinema, Manchester
2016 Under in One Minute Vol. 9 at Fábrica Braço de Prata's "Sala Visconti" Lisbon http://www.bracodeprata.com/a-fabrica/os-espacos
2016 Under in One Minute Vol. 9 at Teatro do Bairro, Lisbon ( http://www.teatrodobairro.org/)
2016 2016 Under in One Minute Volume 9 Liverpool Light Night
2016 Under in One Minute Vol. 9 at Directors Lounge Contemporary Art and Media, Berlin at c.a.r. media art fair . (Contemporary Art Ruhr)
2016 H2Au in Precious little Harrington Mill Studio Gallery
2016 H2Au in Precious little at Project Athina, Athens Art Fair with HMS
2015 Palimpsestuous in Nottingham Castle Open. Sculpture.
2015 Passage for Bees Haden Hill House, Birmingham. Sound work for the Outrider Project
2015 Practical No. 4 in Hoard, Departure Foundation's final show in Leeds.Documentation of installation.
2015 The Other Excursion, artist intervention, for The Excursionist symposium, for b-side, Dorset
2015 Small Talk Soundscapes and Sound Identities symposium, Italy
2015 In Boxes Athens Art Fair (Inbox exhibition HMS group)
2015 When Words Fail Athens Art Fair (Inbox HMS group)
2015 Passage for Bees, Haden Hill House, Birmingham (Outrider Project)
2015 Alone, We Decide Where to: conference Falmouth University(poster with QR linked video)
2014 Urban Sunrise The Hanover Project, University of Preston. Photograph/publication
2014 What I wanted to say in Grey, Harrington Mill, Nottingham
2014 October My Home is My Castle Carnival of Monsters, Nottingham
2014 Athens Art Fair as part of HMS group
2014 Things happen in New Art West Midlands, Barber Institute of Fine Art, Birmingham
2013 Column TAD Gallery, Texas, USA
2013 Parallel Horizons, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London
2012 Badedammen, Midlands Open, Tarpey Gallery, East Midlands
2012 Inside, Blank Media, Manchester
2010 Badedammen, Cube Open, Manchester
2010 Grass is Greener (on the other side), Departure Gallery, London
2010 Grass is Greener, ZOOart, Cuneo, Italy
2010 Lightwaves, Sonic Juke Box, Soundfjord , London
2010 Play, Waterside Open, Manchester
2010 Shipping Lanes, PSL, Leeds
2010 Taking Off and Landing, AV Festival, Newcastle upon Tyne
2010 This is the place where.. in Architectural Disorder, Ovada Gallery, Oxford
2010 Taking Off and Landing, Art in Unusual Places, Leeds
2010 Flaskepost, Stavanger, Norway
2009 Taking Off and Landing, Birmingham ArtsFest, Birmingham
2009 This is the place where.. in Perhaps Nothing Perhaps Something , Leeds Met Gallery
2009 Constellation, Media and Interdisciplinary Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
2007 New Significances, Up The Wall, Chester
2012 Hoard, Warehouse, Leeds;
2010 Somewhere and Nowhere, Tou Scene, Stavanger, Norway
2011 Thinking with Hands and Eyes, Staffordshire University
2016 East Coast Stories, Residency
2016 Prefab lab residency Bath
2014 Summer Lodge residency, NTU, Nottingham
2014 Land Strategies and theCommons Harrington Mill, Nottingham. Documented at http://www.a-n.co.uk/artists_talking/projects/single/4175660
2010 - Re-Semble, Empty Shops Project, Derby
2010 TAOH Residency, Stavanger, Norway
2007 Metamorph, Albert Dock, Liverpool.
2010 OPEN, Staffordshire University, Stoke-On-Trent
2007 A small step Creative Partnerships, Newcastle Under Lyme;
2015 Sonic Topologies conference paper at SounDay, University of Urbino, Italy
2015 Anywhere is Everywhere, A Virtual Traveller’s Tale, EVA, British Computer Society conference, London
2015 The Identity of the Everyday FKL Soundscapes and Sound Identities Symposium, Italy
2014 The Value of Failure as a Methodology in Art Practice, in What is Success? EMVAN, Nottingham Contemporary
2013 The Narrated Present, for Going the way of the dodo symposium at Lincoln Museum and Gallery
2011 Kiss me Baby one more time: Place and Placelessness in the Interborder Zone, Prato, Italy (Withdrawn due to lack of funding)
2009 Place: The Future was Here at OneDay Sculpture symposium, Wellington, New Zealand 2009 Place: The Future was Here at On Space Colloquium, Staffordshire University, UK
2016 Wolfson Residency, Oxford
2014 Alexandra Reinhardt Award