My art is based on ideas of existence, who we are and what makes us different to the next person. My main line of enquiry deals with how our character and identity are formed, is it genetic and passed on from our parents or is it experiential, changing over time.
The strength of my work is in the subtle allusion rather than in an obvious manner. Having a background in Fine Art – Printmaking, my underlying thoughts regarding technique originate from a printmaking sensibility. I identify with layering, exposing, concealing, building using layers, not dissimilar to the underlying facets of ones identity. I execute my concepts in a manner that is both materially appropriate and professionally/technically sound. This has included printmaking, drawing, digital print, photography, constructed objects, video and is continually developing.
Currently I am exploring notions through moving image and video art, intrigued by the physical attributes and expression of children’s games, as well as their deeper social and cultural meanings. Through video I aim to present a unique perspective of selected games, focusing in on particular gestures and actions in order to observe their beauty.
I wish to explore ideas in a non narrative structure to create ethereal works. This approach comes with influence from artists Pippilotti Rist, Bill Viola, Tony Hill and Sam Taylor-Wood.
Previous work involves a mapping of the body, referring to the common metaphor of body as landscape, prominent in the modernist dialogue on photography. Other work includes notions of identity in the sense of typical information asked for when a passport is issued, age, date of birth, place of birth etc. dual nationality. Visual information is stated, what we perceive from first meeting an individual - hair colour, build, height.
My main influences are through experience of interaction with others, their culture and geographical positions of countries and states. 2 visits that had an impact on my work and ideas were Bosnia and Switzerland where I was exhibiting and undertaking a residency. I am interested in language, regional dialects and how these relate to the geography of a land, changing across borders.
In terms of other artists influences, to name a few: Mona Hatoum, Dalziel and Scullion, Eve Hesse, Anthony Gormley, Rachel Whiteread, Bill Viola, Cy Twombly, Janine Antoni.
Having graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 1994 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Printmaking, I have spent the last 15 years working as an artist whilst lecturing at Edinburgh College of Art (2000 - 2009) and Dundee College (1999 - 2006) and providing creative workshops in galleries. In 2000 I studied for a PGCE in further and higher education at Jordanhill College, Glasgow. I have undertaken 2 international residencies in Switzerland and Vienna, also showed internationally throughout Europe and in summer 2004, Los Angeles, USA. Awards include Scottish Arts Council (1997, 1999, 2001, 2004), British Council (2001), Hope Scott Trust (2001, 2005), Arts Trust of Scotland (1999), Friends of the RSA bursary (2004) and most recently Nancy Graham Memorial Trust (2005).
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
1999 - Post Graduate Certificate in Education, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
1994 - BA (Hons) Fine Art - Printmaking, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee
2005 - Body Maps, Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop, Edinburgh
2003 - Superficial or Inherent, Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow
2002 - Superficial or Inherent, Kunstverein Rastatt, Rastatt, Germany
2000 - Existing Bodies, Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow
1999 - Existing Bodies, George Watsons College, Edinburgh
2006 - Multiple Choice, Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, Brigstock
2004 - Glasgow Art Fair, George Square, Glasgow (recurring)
2004 - Synaesthesia, Los Angeles Convention Centre, Los Angeles, USA
2003 - Prospects - Pizza Express finalists, The Old Truman Brewery, London
2003 - Visual Arts Scotland, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (recurring)
2001 - Artists Association of Tuzla, Tuzla, Zinice and Kalesija in Bosnia
2001 - Regionale, Basel Kunsthalle, Basel, Switzerland
1999 - Visual Arts Scotland, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (recurring)
2005 - Axis schools workshop, Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow
2005 - Gallery 37 employment initiative for 16 - 24 year olds, Gallery 37 Pagodas, Edinburgh
2004 - Growing Ideas Project, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
2003 - Precious Tranquility, Stills Gallery, Edinburgh
2002 - Kunst, Austrian Federal Chancellery, Vienna
2001 - Artist in Residence, International Artists Exchange Basel (IAAB), Basel, Switzerland
1999 - Artist in Residence, George Watson's College, Edinburgh
Competitions, prizes and awards
2005 - Artists award, Hope Scott Trust, Edinburgh
2005 - Nancy Graham Memorial Prize, Visual Arts Scotland, Royal Scottish Academy
2004 - Artists bursary, Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Scottish Academy
2004 - Professional Development Award, Scottish Arts Council, Edinburgh
2004 - Visual Artist Award, City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh
2001 - Artist Award, British Council, London
2001 - Artist Award, Hope Scott Trust, Edinburgh
2001 - Professional Development Award, Scottish Arts Council, Edinburgh
1999 - Artist Award, Arts Trust of Scotland, Edinburgh
1999 - Assitance Grant, Scottish Arts Council, Edinburgh
1997 - Assistance grant, Scottish Arts Council, Edinburgh