My current work looks at the human-nature relationship, at our increasing dislocation as we become urbanised, and the role of the imagination and story telling in transformation.
Recent socially engaged work includes 'Health and Well Being Dispensary' , 'Join Us In Mesopotamia', 'Come and Lie In The Hay !', 'Do You Have A Special Relationship With An Other Than Human ?' and 'Nature Rights'.
‘Come and Lie in the Hay’ is an invitation to do just that. While lying in the hay, there is time to reflect on the loss of our relationship with the land over the last 100 years, and the loss of 97% of our wild flower meadows since WWII. Intensification of farming methods – ploughing, drainage, reseeding, and fertiliser and herbicide, has resulted in an important loss of habitat for a huge diversity of wildlife.
‘Do You Have a Special Relationship With An Other Than Human ?’ invites a sharing of other people’s experiences, and through discussion explores your own Special Relationship to Nature, to An Other Than Human.
‘Nature Rights’, a collaboration with Natalie Koffman, is an invitation to explore the human relationship with nature through time, and discuss with others whether nature should have rights and what you can do in your own every day life with regards the rights of nature.
Continual themes are philosophy, ritual and transformation, presence and absence, memory and identity, and historical context.
As an artist-maker I am attracted by organic materials such as sheep wool, Jurassic limestone, bones, feathers, egg shells, hay and straw, dry leaves, dry stone walls, worms, and the changing seasons, the fabric of the Cotswolds. I like sometimes to work with found and everyday objects, sometimes things which are organic or disgarded or taken for granted.
Inspirations: Suzi Gablik, Robert McFarlane, Maya Lin, Shelley Sacks.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training:
2016 - 2018 MA, Social Sculpture, Oxford Brookes
2010 - Bronze Casting, West Dean College, Chichester, West Sussex
2000 - BA Fine Art, Middlesex University
1977 - BSc Hons, Psychology, Reading University
1988 - MA, Film and TV Studies, Westminster University
Exhibitions and Events
2018 - Barracks Lane Community Gardens, Oxford - 'Nature Rights'
2018 - Barracks Lane Community Gardens, Oxford - 'Do You Have A Special Relationship With An Other Than Human ?
2018 - Olden Gardens, Highbury, Islington, London - 'Nature Rights'
2018 - Oxford Green Week, at Headington Hill Hall - 'Nature Rights'
2018 - Wychwood Forest Fair - The Mappists - Come and Make Your Mark !
2017 - Wychwood Forest Fair, 'Come and Lie In The Hay !'
2017 - Oxfordshire Art Weeks, Wilcote Studios and Gallery
2016 - Oxfordshire Art Weeks, Bicester Sculpture Group Studio Show
2015 - 'Forming', Turrill Sculpture Garden, Oxford
2015 - Oxfordshire Art Weeks, Bicester Sculpture Group Studio Show
2004 - Out of Sight, Out of Mind, House Gallery, Camberwell, London
2003 - Annual Photographic Exhibition, Lauderdale House, Highgate
2002 - In The Kitchen Something Stirs, Stroud House Gallery
2000 - Final year show, Fine Art, Middlesex University
1996 - Royal College of Art, Open College of Arts Exhibition