My work emanates from an interest in the notion of ‘belonging’ – the differences and similarities which contribute to our sense of social place.
I use a wide range of media, where materials are carefully selected for their physical properties and inherent attributes. By identifying unexpected connections, the works reflect on the complex relationships between social, symbolic and material.
The use of labour-intensive processes and juxtaposition of materials create sculpture as both singular objects, and as multiple elements in installations.
Currently working with tumble-dryer fluff – a commonly discarded material full of associations. On the one hand, it did once belong to a garment which clothed us, gave us warmth and protection from exposure. On the other hand, it is now no more than a nuisance blocking the filter …
Through material transformation, the soft fluff becomes solid; layers upon layers of tumble-dryer fluff, where the soft fibres interlink, pulling as they dry, forming an always changing outcome.
Using materials to convey points of human experience interests me; presenting the low value, everyday in a transformed state, to simultaneously instigate associations and interpretations.
CV & Education
2018 Bankley Gallery Open, Levenshulme, Manchester.
2018 Mottisfont Biennial Open, National Trust Mottisfont Abbey, Hampshire.
2018 Art in the Garden, North Boarhunt, Hampshire.
2018 Normal Papers, Fringe Arts Bath, Somerset.
2017 Culina Artem, Weald & Downland Museum, Singleton, West Sussex.
2017 Winter Salon Open, Rye Creative Centre, Rye.
2017 LOOK AT your city, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth.
2017 International Conference on Innovative Traditional Crafts, Hangzhou Creative Design Centre, China.
2017 Nearby-Faraway, 19th International Minitextile exhibition, Galéria Umelka, Bratislava, Slovakia.
2017 Small Faces, Solent Showcase Gallery, Southampton.
2016 Threads, Salisbury Art Centre, Salisbury.
2016 Mottisfont Biennial Open, National Trust Mottisfont Abbey, Nr. Romsey.
2016 Precision and Soul, Art Space Gallery, Portsmouth.
2016 The Sea Has No Boundaries, Stories of Travellers and Dreamers, Kunst Altonale, Hamburg, Germany
2016 Face To Face, Galéria Umelka, Bratislava, Slovakia.
2016 CHROMA: Blue, Safehouse2, London.
2016 Process in Work, Scene Gallery, London.
2015 Belonging: A notion of Home, GASP Gallery, Portsmouth.
2015 Here and There, Portsmouth Guildhall.
2015 Awakening, Oxmarket Centre of Arts, Chichester.
2014 South-Central, Aspex, Portsmouth.
2014 Vessels, Making Space, Havant.
2014 Someone & Something, Aspex, Portsmouth.
2014 Degree Show, ArtOne, University of Chichester.
2013 Interstices, Chichester Cathedral.
2013 Thixotropic, Otter Gallery, Chichester.
2012 clearspOt, Otter Gallery, Chichester.
2011 Legacy – New Creatives 2010, Space Gallery, Portsmouth.
PROJECTS / INTERSHIPS / RESIDENCIES/ AWARDS
2018 Award: First prize winner at the Bankley Open (£500 & Solo Show in 2019).
Judged by James Moss, curator at the Portico Library Manchester; Leanne Greene, assistant curator at the Whitworth Gallery; Magnus Quaife, artist and senior lecturer in Fine Art.
2018 Nomination: Nominated to propose for Suvey at Jerwood Visual Arts.
“We approached 35 artist nominators to put forward exceptional early-career artist who are at a moment where they could significantly benefit from a supported exhibition and development opportunity. You are one of 72 artists that have been nominated …” Sarah Williams, Head of programme, JVA.
“Survey is a major exhibition presenting new work by 15 early-career artists from across the UK and it is the largest review of contemporary art practice in Jerwood Visual Arts’ 12 years of programming …” Sarah Williams.
2017 Residency: Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
LOOK AT your city project, supported by Lottery Funding Arts Council England.
2012 Internship: CASS Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood, West Sussex.
Work with American artist David Brooks on the production of Picnic Grove.
2011 – 2014 BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Chichester – First Class.