The photographic image is fundamental to my practice, using it as the medium to explore the relationship between a still image, the photographic sequence and a moving image. Outside the confines of conventional photographic forms, I use the camera to record unregistered visual aspects of time and space. My work encompasses video installation, photographic collage and digitally reconstructed objects.
My work often has historical references, with a particular interest in the aesthetics of textiles and clothing, as they occur in all aspects of daily life. The work is inspired by the depiction of fabric in all art forms, throughout art history, along with its interpretation and relevance.
During my research I read about Aldous Huxley, who experienced an awakening to the meditative power of drapery during a monitored experimentation with Mescaline in the early 1950’s. He commented that what he experienced had shown him into an artist’s mind, captivated by the beauty of folds of cloth. The implication that this opening of his mind gave access to an otherwise unappreciated artist’s view point made me question the extent to which my own view was untypical. My practice explores this view.
CV & Education
2004-2005 MA Textiles/Fashion at Manchester Metropolitan University.
2001-2004 BA Visual Arts (Hons.) Degree at Salford University. (First)
2016/17 AA2A Residency Scheme - University of Chester
Sept 2015 Micro Commission - Waterside Arts Centre
2011/12 AA2A Residency Scheme – Manchester Metropolitan University
2008/09 AA2A Residency Scheme - Manchester Metropolitan University
2006 Creative Industries (Trafford) - Development Fund
2004 Hedley Bursary, Manchester Metropolitan University
2 Nov -10 Nov ‘Hard Focus’, Artwork Atelier, Salford
7 March – 4 April 2016, APERTURE: Greater Manchester Media Art Exhibition, MediaCityUK
2rd Sept – 26th Oct 2015 Waterside 1-0, Waterside Arts Centre
Mar 2015 'The Imaginary Museum: Art Library as Archive', Leeds College of Art, Library.
21 June – 26 July 2014 ‘Moving Textiles’, Herbert Read Gallery, UCA, Canterbury
24 May – 08 June 2014 ‘Timeslip’, Venue FaB2, Bath
From 8 Mar 2013 ‘Whatcombe Bodice’, Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Manchester
28 Sept - 8 Oct 2012 ‘Access All Areas’, Holden Gallery, Manchester
8 - 12 Aug ‘SCAN.IT’,Gallery40, Brighton
28 Apr - 27 June 2012 Oriel Davies Gallery Open, Newtown, Powys
24 Nov - 18 Dec 2011 Suite Studios curated show, Cornerhouse, Manchester
8 May - 4 June 2011 – ‘Photosensitive’,OneChurchStreet Gallery, Gt. Missenden
15 May - 10 June 2009 – ‘Travelling Light’, London/Venice
8 Jun - 20 Jul 2008 -'Through the Lens', Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
8 Feb - 15 Mar 2008 - 'What Happens Next', P.M. Gallery, London
21 Mar - 20 Apr 2007 - 'Film Still', Stroud House Gallery, Stroud
19 Oct - 26 Oct 2006 - 'Objects in Waiting', End Gallery, Psalter Lane, Sheffield
19 May - 15 Jun 2006 - 'Threadbare’, Lauriston Gallery, Waterside Arts Centre