My backgroung is firstly in Geography followed later by Interior Design - both of which deal with the notion of 'Place'. More recently I gained a degree in Fine Art and the work which I currently make focuses on the simplicity and complexity of the world around us and how it is we experience it.
In order to create my work I use wide variety of materials and sources.I collect items which inspire or become part of the work.These are placed in my studio which acts as a kind of laboratory where I experiment with ideas and objects .At any given time there might be drawings on paper ,photographs , short films , paintings and small figurines made of wax or cast in metal.
As I create the work , fragments of the real and imagined become fused together in a collage -like form.This results in dreamkile compositions - part familiar , part strange.Within the work I consider the role of photography and technology and their effect on the perceptual and cognitive experience of the physical world.Both 2D and 3D work is combined, bringing together disparate objects in order to create an atmosphere of detachment and/or estrangement.
Oftenn referring to travel or domesticity- the relationship between interior and exterior worlds is at the heart of my practice raising questions as to how the world is simultaneously perceived and imagined.
Usually created in a series or as an installation - the relationship between the works is very important.Sometimes paintings become objects- set in a window or painted onto an unusual surface.Other times, small vignettes are created using figurines or models positioned with appropriated material or ready-mades.
To date my practice has included exhibitions and curating group shows.This year (2013) I have been shortlisted for the Art Republic Award (last 5 finalists) and the Threadneedle Prize - both based in London.
My work is held in collections in the USA and the UK.
2011 - University of Brighton UK
1995 - Chelsea College of Art UK
1982 - University of Lancaster UK
'20 Painters ' shortlist
Phoenix Centre ,Brighton, UK
Parallax Art Fair chelsea, London
Threadneedle Prize shortlist , London
Art Republic Award - final 5 shortlisted
The Depositary Art Show Brighton FringeFestival
'Visions' -Group Show The Art Shack
Open Studio Trafalgar Works Portslade
National Open Art Competition Uk
'Off Beige' Group Show
Fda Degree Show
Brighton University, UK
May 2011(First Thursdays)
Vyner Street Gallery London, UK
Work in Progress
City College, Brighton ,UK
Art and Pepper
Pepperpot Building,Queen's Park
Brighton , UK