I'm a multidisciplinary artist working with drawing, film, photography collage and painting.
My practice is concerned with ‘making strange’ the stereotypes and assumptions of feminine and female imagery that form the background to our gendered behaviours. Cutting, editing, rearranging, juxtaposing, takes me to that place of disconnection where images unmake and make themselves. I’m interested in the images of pop cultural history, the domestic; magazines, movies, family snaps, postcards - vintage printed material in vibrant technicolour, tinted or mis-calibrated CMYK popping discordantly, soft black & white photography matte and warm with age, domestic photographs foxed and faded; the pre-digital texture of print technology from a past age.
Collage can merge into drawing as a process, and then again into the digital editing of found moving image. A brief side trip takes me through a compulsive period of painting, and then I’m riffling through old papers and magazines and I’m cutting again. Patterns and repetitions appear, images retain or release their charge, strange consonances swim in and out of focus.
I play with making strange the ultra familiar, and disrupting the unconscious stream of ideology through imagery in which we all swim. My processes are laborious and time-consuming, a labour-of-love.
2011 | MA Fine Art Wimbledon College of Art
2009 | BA Hons Visual Arts (First Class) Buckinghamshire New University
2001 | BA Theatre Design (HND) Wimbledon College of Art
Art teacher and lecturer 2017-2019
Director ArtLacuna Space 2013-2015 Founder and director of artist-led studio and project/exhibition space.
Shortlisted Jealous graduate Print Prize 2011,
Shortlisted Future Map 11 Prize 2012
Shortlisted Catlin Prize 2012
BODIES THAT MATTER 3, ArtLacuna Press, December 2014
REVOLUTION #9, B-Mag, summer/fall 2012 interview by Victoria Loomes
The Catlin Guide 2012 ‘introducing the 40 most promising new graduate artists in the UK.’
‘Defining Visual Landscapes’ Aesthetica Magazine, issue 44 Dec/Jan 2012
Selected Exhibitions and projects
Rules of Freedom, Collier Bristow Gallery, London
She Shows, curated by Desperate Artwives, Leydon Gallery, London
So fa mi la ti do, Perimeter Space, Griffin Gallery, London
IN QUOTES, Gerald Moore Gallery, London
IN QUOTES, Norwich University Gallery, Norwich
Leftovers, curated by Procreate Project, 198 Gallery, London
Something Borrowed, Arthouse1, London
In Search of Smooth Time, duo show, ArtLacuna Space, London
The Bomb Factory Film Festival III, The Bomb Factory Art Foundation, London
Undead Painters Painting Forum, Saturation Point, London
In Plain Sight, Shefest, Chapel Walk Gallery, Sheffield
A Lover’s Discourse, a year long devised artist blog project
Counter_Fitters, Geddes Gallery, London
Procreate Project, Women’s Art library, Goldsmiths University & Lace Gallery, Nottingham & MOM conference, Manhattan College New York
Visible Women, screening and artist talk, Redlees Studios, TW7
Spectrum/Playing With Identity,Liverpool Radical Film Festival, Liverpool
The Male Gaze : Women on Screen, The Feminist Library, London
Bodies That Matter part 2, ArtLacuna Space, SW11, London
Hinterlands and Frontiers, London Short Film Festival, ICA, London
Bodies That Matter, Space Station Sixty-five, Kennington, London
C The Film, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Creekside Open, selected by Ceri Hand, APT Gallery, Deptford
The Revolution Will Not be Televised, ArtLacuna Space, SW11, London.
Paper Nautilus, Nautilus Press, Southern Row, W10.
Exhibit D, Bearspace, Deptford.