This body of work across sculpture , installation, video and performance, looks at gender, power and identity, through my interference with and manipulation of mens’ business suits. The iconic status of the suits and its default attachment to power, is subverted through different forms of deconstruction: cutting with a scalpel , fraying, pulling apart, picking, … Read morede-constructing mens’ business suits
ceramic pieces to be inserted into frayed, slashed , stitched mens’ suits- or hold a section of heavily frayed shoulder pad lining that has mascara liberally applied some of these forms are swollen, and bulging. Bruised. Truncated. Hollow inside. white, pink : skin, bone, flesh some are cut, scratched, sliced, bent, buckled some appear as … Read moreceramics
This body of ceramic work looks at the mark we make, our print , more than just a trace, and our relationship to the natural world, our environmental and psychological impact, using the intimate to reflect a global perspective. The red and black ceramic “fingerprint” work involves thousands of pieces of squeezed clay, each capturing a fingerprint, a 3D … Read moremark, print, place
An ongoing series of work looking at breathing, exchange of gases, our relationship with trees, destruction of the rainforest. Materials : latex, stone, trees and branches as site and material. Fossilised tree, created by the volume of material weighing down, creating stone through time.The delicacy and intimacy of latex, made in silky sheets, cut, stitched , stretched … Read morebreathe, inflate, deflate
this is current work, digital sketches.I have been working with this tree,with its huge bump- it seems both a benign pregnant- like bulge, and a more sinister, tumorous growth. Some of these ideas may become “real”, real painted and manipulated barbed wire swarming out of the belly button type hole in the bulge, real latex … Read moredrawing with trees
stone, latex, wire initially made for installation at Contemporary Sedimentary, my solo show at South Square Gallery, Thornton in 2014. Recently the piece has been part of the Seaswim , Head Above Water , an ACE touring exhibition at Peninsula Arts , Plymouth ; Strange Cargo , Folkestone and Crescent Art Gallery, Scarborough.
I remade “Bespoke Mountain” for SCOPE art fair – continuing the focus of this piece discussing belonging and place through the materials, I built this “Bespoke Mountain 2” with the stone from the farm walls where I grew up. This added another layer, as I was in a sense building with the stuff of my childhood, making something in the present and for the future, using materials from the past.
Whilst foldgallery was closed throughout the freezing months of January to March 2008, several artists were invited to make work for the window. For this I built “Bespoke Mountain”, continuing ideas about the landscape and belonging that had permeated recent pieces. Using materials foraged from around the town: rubble, concrete, stone, supplemented with stuff from the builders merchants I created a mountain on top of a table, a sculpture growing out of its environment. The idea that I build with the materials from a location is integral, not simply to locate the sculpture to its venue, but also to locate myself.