My practice is rooted in the meanings and possibilities of materials. Domestic matter, found objects and craft processes are employed to create works with conceptual weight and emotional depth. Fabric and stitch are central to my practice - through the language of textiles I am able to discover rich connections and communicate latent emotions. I am interested in the transformation of discarded or overlooked subjects and materials into objects that speak with eloquence of the human experience.
The human body has become prominent in my work in recent years. Interviews with eczema and psoriasis sufferers formed the basis of Threshold (2012) in which I explored the sculptural and decorative potential of flakes, rashes and text. Most recently Investment (2014/15) was an attempt to find beauty and meaning in my experience of infertility and IVF. Investment, a solo show at Walker Gallery, Liverpool, comprised three hand-embroidered hospital gowns with photographic portraits. Each gown depicted the objects in which me and two other women put our faith during fertility treatment. Jon Barraclough made photographic portraits of us wearing the gowns at The Hewitt Fertility Centre, Liverpool.
Contradictions excite me and the work often inhabits multiple areas of meaning – seduction and repulsion, artifice and authenticity, the precious and the worthless. Exquisitely worked embroidery is often at odds with potent material such as hair or bones, or uncomfortable subject matter. My attention is drawn to that point at which beauty and horror meet.
The work is often quiet, non-monumental, intimate - an exchange to which the audience bring their own experiences and associations.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
2001 - MA Textiles, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester
1990 - BA (Hons) Multi Media Textiles, Loughborough College of Art and Design, Loughborough
2007 - The Lost and The Found, 20/21 Visual Arts Centre, Lincolnshire
2007 - The Lost and the found, Bolton Museum & Art Gallery, Bolton
2004 - Vocational Training, The Bluecoat, Liverpool
2009 - Fear and Optimism: Liverpool in the 21st Century, Bloc Projects, Sheffield
2009 - Salon, Temporary Art Space, Halifax
Competitions, prizes and awards
2009 - The Arts Foundation Fellowship (Nomination- short list pending), The Arts Foundation, London
2006 - Development grant, Arts Council England, Liverpool
2005 - Drawing Quarters Symposium Bursary, The Evelyn Williams Trust, Bristol
2003 - Scholarship, Embroiderer's Guild, Surrey
2001 - Postgraduate Study Award, AHRB, Manchester