My works are concerned with dynamic interactions between fluid, organic nets and grids or other geometric elements. Forces pull in different directions resulting in shifting tensions. Their release or ensuing fragmentation reflect various states of being or a response to current events.
Formal enquiry interplays with the associative potential or metaphorical connotations of the net. The net’s malleability makes it difficult to predict which state it might adopt. It can entrap or protect, save life or destroy it (e.g. the internet). Due to its ambiguity, the net serves as a vehicle to raise questions about uncertainties and contemporary issues, such as the social safety net, interconnectedness, networking and disintegration or isolation.
The dualistic tensions between the organic net and geometry/grid (or the analogue and digital) and their intertwinement raise questions about conflicting human drives and our entanglement with the real and digital worlds’ controlling systems.
Rupture and dissolution, amplified by sudden spatial and chromatic switches convey a sense of unpredictability, discontinuity and disturbed balance or rhythm. Manipulation of colour, surface, space and structural contrasts also underpin shifting dynamic interactions.
Areas of calm co-existence or balance suggest the possibility of resolving tensions.
The medium of paint leaves traces of human agency and imperfection, countering elements of hard-edged, impersonal geometry.
Different from the slow painting process, my drawings with charcoal or chalk evolve over a short period of time and reflect a more spontaneous approach, involving tactile sensation and a direct/subconscious response to life.
CV & Education
Since 2010 BA Fine Art degree at University of Nottingham (graduating 2016)
Since 1999 employment at the University of Nottingham in various administrative roles; since 2010 as part-time administrative secretary for RSPSoc (Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry Society)
1997-1998 PGCE in modern languages, The University of Nottingham
1995-96 Foreign Language assistant at the Nottingham High School for Girls, UK
1994-95 English and Educational Studies at the Heinrich-Heine University of Düsseldorf
1987-1994 MSc (equiv.) in Microbiology at the Heinrich-Heine University of Düsseldorf, Germany
Regular attendance of drawing/painting workshops at the Nottingham Society of Artists since 2009
IT skills, administration experience through my employment at the University of Nottingham since 1998
June/July 2016: Fine Art Degree Show
University of Nottingham, School of Education BA (Hons) Fine Art Degree Show
'Journeys' exhibition at Bromley House Library, Nottingham, January 9-30 2016
Winner of the Djanogly Prize 2015, University of Nottingham Summer Art Exhibition 2015
Shortlisting for Cedric Ford prize 2013 followed by group exhibition at Backlit gallery, Nottingham, 2013
Shortlisting for Jerwood Drawing prize 2014, included in touring exhibition 2014-2015
Group exhibition – Carnival of Monsters of contemporary Art 2014, Bartons, Chilwell, http://www.carnivalofmonsters.co.uk/index.php/artists/this-year-s-artists/2
Drawings and paintings selected for ‘EnDearing Minds-Creative and Professional Writing Anthology 2014’, including book cover image: https://www.facebook.com/CPWAnthology2/photos/pb.1483894368497614.-2207520000.1418302835./1520303661523351/?type=3&theater
Membership of Nottingham Society of Artists (2010-2012)
Member of A-N and ‘Creative Greenhouse’