I have worked with photography (both digital and analogue), video (or combinations of the two) and drawing. I have also used printmaking techniques that are either photo or drawing based (photo- etching, drypoint).
Work often starts with 'found' photographs or film. I am interested in the way a photograph is both 'fixed' and at the same time, open to endless interpretations- and how these depend upon a viewer's experiences, culture, memory - perhaps more than the content of the image itself. In this sense, a photograph has the potential to constantly change its meaning: even if you know the exact moment and all of the circumstances surrounding a photographic image, its meaning is totally open.
I want to explore what it is about photographs that can illustrate or bring together collective memories of lives and how certain truths (or untruths) can be confronted.
I feel there is a unique reciprocal relationship between a viewer and a portrait of another human being (regardless of when it was taken or who the subject is) and the way it is displayed (in terms of size, scale, if it is a still or a moving image etc) allows this relationship to be manipulated.
Although 'still', a photograph is just an 'extracted' movement. Similarly, film is a set of photographs that move. Neither is more real than the other, both can be confused.
The work addresses notions of time and temporality, history, relationships with technology, memory and existence - 'the human experience', as well as perception and distortion, whether this is a distortion of truth or of seeing (both inherent conditions of humans and of photography); manipulations to the stories of what we 'know' and what we 'see' and the nostalgic idealisations that photography allows us to construct, whilst pulling a veil over unpleasant realities.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
2010 - MA Fine Art, University for the Creative Arts (UCA), Canterbury
2007 - PGCE (Post Compulsory), Canterbury Christ Church University/ Canterbury College, Canterbury, Kent
2003 - BA Fine Art (Graphic), Kent Institute of Art and Design (now UCA), Canterbury)
2001 - HND Fine Art, Canterbury College, Canterbury, Kent
2010 - Metamorphose/ Exhibition of graduate and post-graduate work from London and the South- East, Islington Arts Factory, Islington, London
2010 - MA Fine Art Show, Herbert Read Gallery /University for the Creative Arts (UCA), Canterbury
2003 - BA Show (part of the Free Range show), Old Truman Brewery, London