I am an artist and part-time lecturer- I have just completed MRes at LJMU and have started looking at applying for a practice-led PhD.
Originally a painter I have recently worked in Photography and Installation, often working with my own personal archive of sketchbooks, photographs, diaries etc
Along with artist Fiona Stirling I have just received funding for some collaborative performance work- “Bonnet Bombing”; to create a series of painting actions in the workplace/schools/public spaces such as libraries/galleries as well as specific art performance spaces.
In the wider community we invite discussion concerning ‘our’ need to make space and to fulfil our creative ambitions. In doing so we aim to analyse and question the role of women in today’s society and consider the way society is shaped.
A collection of A4 painted and collaged pieces. These collages reconfigure the sketches and ephemera from my sketchbooks from that period (tickets from buses, gigs etc) They are about the moments, the autobiographical details, that the component elements represent, but they are also about the processes whereby those memories are themselves adapted, edited and shaped into a coherent personal history
The Fall of the Berlin Wall
I became interested in contrasting my experience with important global events from 1989- contrasting the long-lasting effects and global significance of events with the trivia and mundanity that I expected to find in my own diary entries. It turned out that the dates in point- the fall of the Berlin wall and Tiananmen Square, both marked quite important dates in my personal life. I produced large format prints of some of my remaining artefacts from the period on plinths as if museum pieces.
The places where I used to hide my cigarettes
I took photographs of negative spaces, holes on shelves where my cigarettes used to be. I wanted to contrast my feeling of loss from stopping smoking with that of a big romance; something clichéd- the kind of subject matter that might be portrayed within popular culture as a love-song, a film or a book. I displayed a country and western song lyric that never had been a hit to attempt to play with this idea.
15hours, 7days, 4weeks, 4months
I used my domestic and professional schedules as a starting point to isolate and pinpoint the limited time available to make work. The piece exhibited was a sculpture of my schedule -the limited time I have to make work was physically chipped out of the piece inviting reflections on restriction of time as not only a necessity but as a creative tool.