Working predominantly to make artist-made objects, sculptural installations/assemblages, collage and photography, my work is inclusive and experimental. Whilst there is a respect for the traditions of the techniques, I try to offer a refreshing open approach to the materials and methods that might be utilised.
My instinct as an artist is to cherrypick and I see this as part of my role as an artist. I am drawn to objects and materials where the monetary value is questionable: materials, objects, trades etc. that could be perceived as more disposable and non-precious i.e. it’s not made of gold, something else can replace it, not usually kept for long, there’s only a scrap left, the preservation/wrapping was minimal. Visually this is explored through the combinations of materials and quantities of items that I choose to use and make, and the association’s people may have with both material and object.
My site-specific pieces have engaged with objects and materials that have particular place meaning; a process of importing a history, to export it back out to the place in reference. To either reinforce an already acknowledged site or industry heritage to the viewer; or reawaken a heritage that should be remembered.
I am currently undertaking a part-time practice-based PhD (Leeds University) My research is looking at; Yorkshire Hoards – Understanding the objective/ subjective value of the objects we continue to earmark, lay, maintain, stow, put away through the artist’s edit.
If you would like to arrange a studio visit, contact me about exhibiting or are interested in commissioning or purchasing work, please email me on; firstname.lastname@example.org