I use materials to create objects (sculptures) that both represent and activate architectural space. And I use the word 'architecture' in its loosest sense. Architecture in my work may refer to a house, a boat, an item of clothing or a cage. The relationship between each form of architecture and themes such as gender and social class have been explored through my sculptural inquiries to create singular objects, installations, photography and short film.
In one example of work 'Soft Cage' plays with the threatening and claustrophobic implications of a regular cage by my decision to represent it as a cream soft cage-like form. This feminized form remains just as claustrophobic but instead of confined entrapment , the new form becomes more like a strangled hug.
My most recent work was an attempt to undermine the permanence of an edifice by activating one of its components. In rebuilding to life-size dimensions the balcony space from the block of flats I grew up in, I could free a pace and even wheel it around Birmingham. I took it to cul de sacs and derelict plots, creating new views with every location.
I gain pleasure in dealing with such heroic and intimidating forms, and I do so in order to question ingrained social ideals principles that are as enduring as most architectural forms.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
2010 - MA Fine Art, BCU, Birmingham
2007 - BA Fine Art Sculpture, University of Wales Institiute Cardiff, Cardiff
2009 - Koda/ Group open studios, Koda Press Cardiff, Cardiff
2011 - Sandwell Arts in Queens Square, Queen's Square Shop space, Sandwell Arts, Sandwell
Educational experience - secondary
2011 - Teaching Experience, School/Belgrave Secondary, Tamworth