For me, making work is a way of unpicking paradoxes. I make things to show the anomalies and ambiguities.One strand of my projects unpicks hidden disorder and multiple interpretations. Coins of little value. Fuzzy measurements. Vacuous memorials.
Fundamental to my way of working is intensive research. My approach is rigorous, planned yet open to intuition. It’s grounded in the grit of life.
Gardening is part of my art. I made a walled garden from a derelict late Georgian industrial building and yard. It’s part of my work place, a space for thought and experiment. Wormhole, a linked two-site installation for Art:Language:Location came from vermi-composting (using worms to make compost). For Deadhead Mix, I made a dye from flower heads.
I’m currently working on Grave Goods. Looking at memorial vases and flowers, and colours associated with death, specifically Caput Mortuum. Separate strands that combine, overlap, work together. Rigourous. Intense. Poignant.
I work across a range of media but always with an investigative method and demanding technical standards. Themes and motifs which recur across my work:
Value systems, categories
Standard Measures – works about units of measurement
COIN/ICON – motifs of low value currency
Typecast – a visual reinterpretation of the library catalogue
Queens of Art – redrawing nudie playing cards
Bucket Towers – popup memorials
Urn – grave goods
Charter Square Sheffield Rising – Link between Chartism and Brutalism.
Duckrabbits – playing with the Jastrow, Gombrich, Wittgenstein Duckrabbit paradigm
Doppelgänger – doubling, passing
Ice Hex – frozen pages
Message in a Bottle – leaflet publication as a contemporary message in a bottle
Buckets – and public waterworks
Uses of Colour
Symbolic Acts – burning art and making ash grey paint
Deadhead Mix – making pigment from pruned flowers
Grave Goods – black plants for urns, exploring the properies Caput Mortuum.
Construction and Destruction
Hexopolis – project about urban hexagons
Concrete Hopes – reflecting on Utopian Brutalist developments, and concrete grave goods, site visit to concrete factory.
My 3D work was shortlisted for ArtLacuna Prize 2013. I was selected for PolyMath Continuing Professional Development (2015-6) based on my Hexopolis project. I was funded by Arts Council England for my COIN/COIN project (2016-18). My work has exhibited widely. One of my artist books was selected for KALIED2015, I have artist books in collections in the US, EU, and UK.
CV & Education
Shards (drawing), included in The Lost Diagrams of Walter Benjamin, eds. Helen Clarke & Sharon Kivland
Coin Icon scarves and Rag Tales, discussed in Shoddy Work, Cut Cloth publication essay by Gill Crawshaw
COIN ICON Penny Exchange 2 year project received Arts Council England funding, and new designs installed in Penny Press machines at Museums Sheffield
Report on Knowledge for Sharon Kivalnd's Leeds College of Art Library Intervention, and Library Game, Chelsea School of Art Library
Coin Icon scarves and Rag Tales selected for Shoddy, curated by Gill Crawshaw
Message in a Bottle exhibited in Midlands Open 2016, Tarpey Gallery
Double Con-Figuration (collaborative artist book with Lou Hazelwood) exhibited in Unity, Yorkshire Art Space
Message in a Bottle, Thinking About Duckrabbits, Bucket List, included The Floating Library, Minnesota, (2014-7)
Poly-Math Continuing Professional Development
Residency at Ruskin PopUp Museum
A selection of 7.45 my artist’s books included in The Kippenberger Challenge exhibited at de Appel Library, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten Library, Pierre Kamp Lab, Jan van Eyck Academie
Contribited to The Editions I and The Editions II
HEXOPOLIS, project exhibition for Pages, Leeds Artist’s Book Fair 2015, The Tetley, Leeds
Symbolic Acts (artist book) shown in Engagement and Entrapment, curated by Diana Ali, Binyamin Gallery, Tel Aviv
Damp Edges (textiles) shown in The Reality of Small Differences, curated by Gill Crawshaw, Leeds
Standard Measures 100 feet, shown at Living Numbers, Fringe Arts Bath
Klub Kube, LoBe Gallery, Berlin
Wormhole and Duckrabbit public interventions included in Art: Language: Location 2013, Cambridge
Reel (3D) shortlisted for ArtLacuna Prize 2013, London, and also shown at Out of Context, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield
Thinking About Duckrabbits selected for KALEID2015, and thus acquired by:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Thomas J Watson Library
Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection
Yale Centre for British Art
Also acquired by Chelsea School of Art Library, Oxford Brookes University Library, Leeds College of Art Library.
Typecast, shortlisted for KALEID2016
Bucket List acquired by Oxford Brookes University Library
The Editions (ed. Sharon Kivland) held in The Tate Britain Library and Archive, The Tate Gallery Library and Archive, The Tetley Leeds, and Leeds College of Art Library, Centre de livres d’artistes, France.
M.A. Fine Art, Sheffield Hallam University, 2011–2014
B.A.(Hons) Painting, St Martin’s School of Art, 1983–6