The face in the mirror doesn’t exactly look as we feel. Inside we are a formless, continuous stream of consciousness, made up of speeding thoughts, desires and images, we are polysexual, chaotic, ever changing and ambivalent to the core. But on the outside we seem like a more or less stable entity with composed and symmetrical features that betray almost nothing of what’s going on within.
(Video on Jacques Lacan, The School of Life, 2016)
My practice considers how the subjective experience of ‘being’ might be shared with another; not how we appear on the surface, but what it feels like to exist – living in and through a mind and body. Imagining ‘the self’ as a network of relationships in flux.
As my sense of self has shifted away from something tangible and centred, my works have changed from representation, narrative and symbolism, toward something fragmented, uncertain and complex. Visualised through interactions of colours and shapes, across a flat plane and with marks that are about touch, made between intention and chance.
I work through a process of repetition and experimentation, usually involving drawing/painting, monoprinting and collage with paper and fabric – instinctively from the subconscious, visual memories, such as dreams, and observation in nature or from the body.
I changed career to be an artist in 2014, having worked in climate change and energy policy for 14 years. I'm now trying to combine my interests in art and sustainability, for example, working as an artist in residence on a ship in Antarctica with educational outreach in schools.
2017-2018 City and Guilds of London Art School: MA Fine Art (Distinction)
2015-2017 Royal Drawing School: Practicing Artist Concession Programme
2005-2006 Kings College London: MA Environment, Politics & Globalisation (Distinction). Dissertation: ‘Ethical Clothing Actor-Networks: Following the Thread of an Organic Tweed Coat.’
2000-2003 Lancaster University: BSc Geography (First Class Honours). ‘Sustainable Antarctic Tourism: Present Status and Future Prospects.’
Selected group exhibitions
2019 Extreme Imagination at the Tramway, Glasgow in January, moving to the Royal Albert Museum, Exeter in March.
2018 MA Show 2018 at City and Guilds of London Art School (upcoming)
2017 In Dreams at the Menier Gallery, London
2017 Sketch at the Rabley Drawing Centre and regional tour
2016 Constructing Nature at Nolia’s Gallery, London
2016 Borders with Core Gallery at Nolia’s Gallery, London
2016 Money Matters at the British Museum
Publications and broadcasts
'These are the things that dreams are made of', feature by Clare Dudeney in The i paper, 22 Sept 2017 , pp. 32-33
'Dreams and art', interview for the Arrest All Mimics: The Creative Innovation Podcast, 1 Sept 2017
2019 Antarctic Peninsula and Chilean Fjords with One Ocean Expeditions (planned)
2018 Antarctic Peninsula, Weddell Sea and Falkland Islands with One Ocean Expeditions
2016 BP shipping centenary collection
2016-2018 Sun, Space and Art, running science and art educational workshops in schools, with Cambridge University, funded by the Science and Technologies Facilities Council. This also includes educational outreach on Antarctica.