I like that which lies between. Between sculpture, performance and drawing. Between conceptual and process-based. Between the Baroque and kitsch. Between the narrative and the poetic. Between drawing and written language. Between craft and art. Between the poignant and the absurd.
Although my work is rooted in sculpture, it revolves around a core interest in line. Indeed, many of my sculptures can be regarded as drawings in air.
My work explores issues of time, fragility and loss: capturing the traces left behind by events and exposing hidden stories are central concerns. Slow labour intrigues me and my current practice is based on obsessive repetitive processes that straddle the divide between meaningful ritual and mindless pattern-making. At the moment I'm entirely covering an apron in sequins and sticking thousands of pins through a large piece of fabric. Past projects have involved burning thousands of matches; tying knots in string; making toffee keys that melt and ritually pinning a long piece of fabric.
My art has been described as 'the museum of the everyday'. I find meaning and emotional resonance in small objects that are so commonplace that they become almost invisible. Using them in vast numbers makes them strikingly apparent again.
Although I do not regard myself as a 'textile artist', textile imagery has become increasingly important to me in recent years. I am fascinated by the way textiles are often derided in our culture as merely decorative, despite their crucial role in our lives.
CV & Education
2009 - 'Pin Ritual' Exhibition, Prick Your Finger, 260 Globe Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 OJD 2006 - 'Broken Threads' Exhibition, HERE Gallery, 108 Stokes Croft Bristol, BS1 3RU
Selected group exhibitions
2009 - Front Room Arts Trail, as this was an art trail, I showed in another artist's home, 105 Oxford Street, Bristol, BS3 4RL
2007 - 'Threads of Meaning' Exhibition, Chapel Gallery, St. Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 4QR
2006 - 'Temporary' exhibition, March Town Hall, Market Place, March, Cambridgeshire, PE15 9JF
2011 - 2012 - 365 Jars: http://365jars.com/
2007 - The Diary Project: http://diary-project.blogspot.com
1999 - 2002 First Class BA Hons in Sculpture, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham