Through material and form I explore perceived boundaries of the body, objects and the physical and psychological spaces we inhabit. These frontiers are permeable, mutable and active, alive with the grotesque and the surreal. I am interested in how things that reside at the borders of things operate - skin is a boundary, and the body is a container. The surreal house can then be seen as a container object of grotesque bodies and this is a starting point for my work to evolve from. Bodiliness, flesh, and objects alluding to the body merge with everyday objects from the domestic world. The manipulation and abstraction of the human form, and its distortion, fragmentation and change of state is a challenge to logic and reason. The insides and outsides, the horror of the other - the horror of the unknown. I am interested in how these ideas relate to our sense of being and placement in our surroundings, the materiality of the body and how we experience inhabiting our bodies.
The process of making the paintings and objects use a similar approach - employing intuitive and considered modes of working alongside observation and invention, further exploring opposing realities and the disturbance of form and feeling that can be found at the interfaces between abstraction and representation, beauty and the grotesque, desire and disgust. The work explores tactility and aversion through materials, and our relationship towards our own materiality arising from feelings of mortality. Recognisable forms and objects are manipulated, their familiar forms are made unfamiliar. This partial representation of the familiar alludes to a fragmented narrative beneath, simultaneously revealing and concealing, communicating and not communicating.
The social history of devotional objects is currently a main concern of my research, as I am interested in the contemporary significance of devotional objects and our attachment to matter. I feel there is an increasing relevance to make sense of our materiality as life becomes increasingly digital. I am exploring how we relate to and feel about matter, and our attachment to it in relation to our devotion to others and otherness, and to our own sense of mortality.
Jelly Slits, Gallery40, Brighton, September 2019
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, June 2018
On The Rocks, Space Gallery, Folkestone, October 2017
MA Fine Art Degree Show, Chelsea College of Arts, London, September 2017
Fortune, Safehouse, Peckham, London, June 2017
Make-up, Mills Centre Gallery, Highgate, London, May 2017
Art Is Not A Puzzle!, Tichborne Gallery, Brighton, May 2017
Myths, MAFA Gallery, Chelsea College of Arts, London, April 2017
Trans-it, MA Interim Show, Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Arts, London, January 2017
Counter-practice Exhibition, Cookhouse Gallery, Chelsea College of Arts, London, November 2016
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, June 2016
Untitled, Punctum Gallery, Chelsea College of Arts, London, April 2016
Counter-practice Exhibition, Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Arts, London, November 2015
Six, Tichborne Gallery, Brighton, May 2015
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, June 2014
MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts, 2017
BA Fine Art Painting, University of Brighton, 2001
Art Foundation Diploma, University of Gloucestershire, 1998