I am a multi-media artist whose practice spans photography, film and video, drawing and painting, installation, poetry and music and performance art. Creating constructed photographs and short videos my work deals with issues of domesticity and entrapment and explores the space between fantasy and reality. Following in the tradition of women creating in their own homes I base much of my work in the home-space and in familiar local landscape. Often featuring myself as performer I incorporate a variety of props and costumes to create new environments and identities.
My work is influenced and inspired by myths and fairytales, popular culture and personal experience. Humour is a key feature; I confront the viewer with familiar scenarios, yet turn them on their head, forcing us to re-evaluate our relationship with the everyday. The imagery can be both poignant and unsettling.
I have studied at Manchester Poly School of Theatre (theatre studies), at Manchester Metropolitan University BA(hons) Fine Art: painting in 1998 and an Main Fine Art in 2001. I have exhibited widely and have had films and videos screened throughout the UK, Europe and the USA. I am also a member of The Durds; an electronic research-based performance group who have performed and exhibited in various venues throughout the UK.
CV & Education
2010 - Stowage, Exeter’s West Quarter and Macclesfield Arts Festival, Exeter’s West Quarter and Macclesfield Arts Festival
2006 - Making Love to my Ego, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
2013 - Home is where the art is, My house, 4 Osborne Street, M20 2qz
2009 - Outside In and The Launderette show, Didsbury Arts Festival, Didsbury, Manchester
2008 - SWAP/VAIHTO, Islington Mill, Salford and The Cable Factory, Helsinki, Salford and Helsinki
2008 - Artranspennine08, Pennine landscape, online, Islington Mill, Manchester