Process is central to my work and intimately linked with my activity as a gardener (I have been running my own plant-specialist garden maintenance company since 2004). My ideas are usually generated by my immediate environment. I may use a prosaic object, an activity or an unusual event as a starting point. I sometimes use live plant material in my work, but it may also be preserved or altered in some way.
Investigative writing is fundamental to my work. It is a way of searching to reveal essential, hidden connections which open up through a highly subjective process. Sound too is an important component, and I use listening as a way of orientating myself within a space.
Sometimes I record the sounds I hear - in descriptive writing, or as digital audio files. Sometimes I make objects which invite us to consider identifiable sounds from a different perspective. Sometimes I use sound walks as a way to celebrate the practice of listening as it relates to the world around us.
Projects unfold through a detailed, and sometimes oblique, process of research, investigation and experiment. Collected findings are then reconfigured, or words repositioned, to form new perspectives. I like to present my work in ways which are open to interpretation, and which invite the viewer to participate in the creation of meaning.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
2009 - MA Textile Culture (Distinction), Norwich University College of the Arts, United Kingdom
1984 - DipAD Woven Textiles, West Surrey College of Art and Design, United Kingdom
1979 - BA Fine Art and Music, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
2013 - The Flight of the Spoonbill , The Church of St Margaret of Antioch, Cley next the Sea, Norfolk
2012 - Turn the Page - Artists Book Fair, The Forum, Norwich
2011 - Discourse of Sound, outcome of residency, Luton Hoo Walled Garden, Luton
2011 - Elements: Material Worlds, Fusion Gallery, The Forum, Norwich, Norfolk
2011 - Luton Hoo Walled Garden, Luton Hoo, Hertfordshire
2011 - Breath (2010) , Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) - via Axis, London
2011 - Onefield (design and implementation of new planting scheme), Hoxton Square, London