Half landscape/half domestic interior, part furniture/part machine/part woman; weaving together personal and historical narratives with fiction and folk tale, I create monstrous landscapes out of a combination of the fragmented female form, machine and commodity to investigate the discordance between the basic physical elements of the natural world and the development of synthetic materials, media, and the built and virtual environments that shape our daily lives. Cushions of moss created from towels, duvets, velvet and oil paint; sprouting intestinal, silicone cables. A slumped glass breast of textured float glass taken from a condemned office block on the outskirts of London. Fragmented body parts pigmented with the blood red iron ore of a disused haematite mine, Florence Mine, in West Cumbria. Grass made from synthetic hair extensions. Antique pool table legs with bed-sheet bloomers kicking out from underneath a towel duvet painted in the colours of an Autumn mountainside.
I grew up in rural Cumbria and studied my BFA in Fine Art at The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University. After graduating in 2010 I spent 14 months as an Artist-in-Residence in China, first in Hong Kong with Diocesan Boys School and then in Beijing with Where Where Art Space and Red Gate Gallery. On returning to the UK, I moved to London where I worked as an Artist Assistance and an Artist Facilitator (among many other jobs, from a cake shop to an office block!!) alongside developing my own artistic practice in the studio for several years before studying my MFA in Sculpture at The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, 2015-2017. I was nominated for ‘Cumbrian Artist of the Year’ in 2016 and I also organise ‘Doremifasolasido’, an annual group residency that invites emerging artists from around the country to the rural North West, forging links between artists and arts organisations working in urban and rural settings.
South Lakeland, Outside Cumbria
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