I have been exploring the notion of ‘beauty in the disregarded’ since the beginning of my practice. I have always been drawn to things that are overlooked, discarded or seen as worthless: found objects; second-hand items; ‘low’ art forms or materials; even moments or incidental details of everyday life. This has meant quite a varied back catalogue of work but the concept has always remained at its heart.
I am currently working with polystyrene packaging – something usually hated or unwanted - if it is even ‘seen’ at all. I have been using paint to highlight the beauty of its form, exploring its effect on the material, and more generally considering aspects of materiality and worth.
My other focus is using old washing machine drums to create sculptural works. I've been exploring this meeting of the utilitarian with the aesthetic since my exhibition Gallage (2016).
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Work in Recent exhibitions
2019 - 'Polystyrene' spotlight exhibiton (Leamington Art Gallery & Museum)
2019 - Coventry Biennial
2019 - Leamington Open (Winner)
2018 - Coventry Open
2018 - Royal Academy 250th Summer Exhibition, London
2018 - Northampton Open
2016 - Gallage, Coventry
2014 - Shed-Collect-Shed: Coventry's Lost & Found, Coventry Centre for Contemporary Art (CCCA), Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry
2013 - The Charity Shop Tour Shop, Coventry City Centre
2011 - Beauty and the Beach: Landlocked in the Heart of England, CCCA, Meriden, Coventry
2010 - Journeys into the Disregarded, CCCA (with the Mead Gallery), Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
2009 - Beauty in the Disregard-shed, CCCA, Earlsdon, Coventry
2008 - Beauty in the Disregarded, Old Gallery and Museum, Leamington Spa
2010 - Beauty in the Disregarded: The Charity Shop Tour