Concepts Within my work I am interested in developing further a contemporary abstract painting/installation practice within a shifting theoretical and cultural climate. The use of hybrid forms and diverse elements in my work alludes to notions of difference, multiplicity and fragmentation. My paintings and installations attempt to break formal rules. I use aspects of the everyday in my work and incorporate influences from the domestic and urban landscape for example fashion, advertising, interior decor which reveal fragments of encoded histories. I usually choose materials in many ways for my paintings and installations predetermined and by chance, found objects from second hand markets such as hand crotched doilies, linoleum, wood and other fabrics. Colour is a very important aspect of my work. I use colours that are part of contemporary culture eg; fashion prints, wallpaper, advertising billboards. I also appropriate colours from art history eg pop art and op art and incorporate them in to my work. I use various types of paints within my work including oil, acrylic and household paints to create different qualities and textures. I also like the idea of using oil paints with it's high art connotations contrasted by the use of household paints with it's associations with low art. Fragmentation is part of our contemporary postmodern culture and pervades our everyday experiences from the cacophony of sounds to the visual sensations we experience. Working in these contexts has allowed me to further explore the relationship between the viewer's awareness and their engagement with the space and the object. These paintings /installations invite the viewer to engage in a dialogue with art history and contemporary art practice. Influences My work has developed out of a critical awareness of the historical legacy of abstraction and explores a visual strategy which challenges and subverts those codes and conventions to create a unique visual language that expands the vocabulary of abstraction. My work is also influenced by popular culture, eg interior design, fashion, kitsch and the built environment. My work also explores my interests in psychology, gender and feminism. I wish to progress my career and exhibit internationally.
CV & Education
2005 - MA Contemporary Fine Art, Leeds Metropolitan University, 2001 - BA Hons, Visual Art Degree , University of Salford, 1998 - Art Foundation, School of Visual Arts, Salford College.
Suspended Narratives Book Publication in collaboration with Professor Paul Haywood and Dr Karen Heald.2014
Cities All Dimensions Part 2 Tokarska Gallery online catologue and publication 2013
The Last Book Project and Publication by Professor Luis Camnizter, the book was sponsored by the National Library of Spain and is a collection of written and verbal statements in which the authors may leave a legacy for future generations 2007.
Toxic Colour Catologue publication 2007 the theme of the exhibtion was created and juried by Martin Ball Associate Professor of Kent State University U.S.A.
2005 - Exhibition, Timber Wharf, Urban Splash, Manchester
2002 -Habitat, Manchester
SHE Sweetart 47/49 Tanner Street London July 2016 - Grafters Peopl's History Museum Manchester March -April 2016 -Electron Salon Exhibtion at Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art U.S.A. January 14th-February 20th 2016 Reception-Saturday January 16th 7-9pm - TIAF Exhibtion The Rag Factory London October 2015 - Pure Painting BAR Gallery London June/July 2015- Seeing Samuel Beckett Exhibition Contemporary Art Space Chester 11th - 12th September then touring to Liverpool John Moores University from the 27th October -3rd November as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival and Beckett in the Regions Conference 2014- Artists Culture Zone The Tabernacle Gallery Nottinghill London June 2014 -. Borders Exhibtion Strasbourg Central Station France May/June 2014. CITIES All Dimensions Part 2, TOKARSKA Gallery , London 2013- Threshold Art Festival Liverpool March 2013- Fictilis Paperwork and book project and Astoria Installation Exhibition October/November The Lab 2948 16th Street San Francisco U.S.A. 2012 - Art of The Instagram New Media Festival Los Angeles, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles United States of America 2012 - Issue 15 Over and Out, Soanyway , Online Magazine 2011 - An Exchange with Sol LeWitt , Cabinet and Mass Moca's Prints and Drawing Gallery, New York America 2011 - Parallax AF Exhibition, The Royal Opera Arcade Pall Mall, London 2011 - Twinned Thrshold Festival , Contemporay Urban Centre and Eggspace, Liverpool 2010 - The Last Book Project, Zentral Bibliothek Zurich , Switzerland 2008 - The Last Book Project, The Muesum of The National Library of Spain , Madrid 2007 - On the Next Level, Circomedia, Bristol 2007 - Open Exhibition, Grosvenor Mueum, Chester 2007 - Toxic Colour, Exit Gallery, Ohio, USA 2006 - Another product, Cornerhouse, Manchester 2006 - Celeste Art Prize Finalists Exhibition, Old Truman Gallery, London 2006 - First Kitchen, Norton Priory Museum, Cheshire 2006 - Gateway, Bewdley Institute, Worcestershire 2006 - Gift , Man Museum Liverpool Biennnial 2006, Liverpool 2006 - Objects in Waiting, Hallam University, Sheffield 2006 - Objects in Waiting, MAN museum, Liverpool Biennial 2006 2006 - On The Next Level 2006-2007, Touring Exhibition, United Kingdom 2006 - On the Next Level, Space Between, Touring Exhibition, South West England to March 2007 2006 - On the Shelf, Rogue, Manchester 2006 - Smallpond, Chorlton Mill Gallery, Manchester 2006 - Snap to Grid, Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art, USA 2005 - AMP CD launch, The Font, Manchester 2005 - Testbed, Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery, Leeds 2004 - EX007 Exhibition, Timber Wharf, Urban Splash, Manchester 2004 - Ladyfest, Harborne Gallery, Birmingham 2004 - Liverpool Biennial Independants, Marriott Hotel, Liverpool 2004 - Untitled Collective Exhibition, Chapman Gallery, Salford 2003 - 281 Transient, Great Northern Warehouse Exhibition, Manchester 2003 - 281transient, Chapel St Gallery, Salford 2003 - General, Manchester Artworks Gallery, Manchester 2003 - Show Home Exhibition, Timber Wharf, Urban Splash, Manchester 2003 - The Joy of Kitsch, Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen 2003 - Women's Work, West End Arts Centre, Hampshire 2002 - Fresh Art, Business Design Centre, Islington, London 2002 - Individualation, Greon Gallery, Manchester 2002 - International Womens Work, West End Arts Centre, Hampshire 2002 - Ladies Only, Liverpool Docks Biennial, Liverpool 2002 - Re Use, The Collect Gallery, Liverpool Curated projects 2011 - The Last Book Project, The Aguilar Branch of The New York City Library, New York USA Residencies 2005 - Timber Wharf, Urban Splash, Manchester Projects 2002 - Project Coordinator/curator/Member 281 Transient artists group, Chapel St Gallery, Salford Competitions, prizes and awards 2006 - Celeste Art Prize (finalist), Truman Brewery, London 2006 - Celeste Art Prize Finalist, Old Truman Gallery, London 2004 - Artists Professional Development Associate Beneficiary, University of Salford, Salford