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Artist Statement

 

My practice has two strands, both of which use the idea of retrofuturism; to look forward whilst looking backward. The synthesis of ideas, materials, and forms explore the liminal space between these temporal zones. Artefacts (and their symbolic reference in popular culture) influence the shaping of the work, reflecting the direction the past gives us and how our perception bends it to fit our desires. This imagined reality questions our relationship with technology by considering the displacement and alienation that arises from its ubiquity and complexity. 

I use the hybridity of assemblage, and it's quality for making associations to explore the questions that arise from obsolescence, and commodity culture at large. My sculptures combine the manufactured aesthetic of the everyday with modelled or constructed objects. By playing chance against order, the old with the new, or combining the synthetic with the organic, I explore a future whose unfulfilled promise lingers over the present.   

 

The second strand is also grounded in the process of constructing, but it begins with considering the possibilities of the material or process. I use clay because its geological nature allows me to connect the micro to the macro, whilst working unpremeditated. It's material qualities assist spontaneity and working crudely, allowing for the persuasive nature of the affective drive to take hold. As a counterpoint to this, I use the precision of CAD to mirror the determinism of technology.  

Selected Group Shows

12/2023 Linden Hall Studio Winter Open, Deal, Kent
11/2023 Ing Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London

11/2023 The London Group Open, Copeland Park Gallery, London

09/2023 170 Annual RWA Open Exhibition, Bristol selected by Charmaine Watkiss and Meryl Ainslie

08/2023 The London Group at Linden Hall Studio Gallery, Deal, Kent

06/2023 Tethered Publics, Online

04/2023 The London Group at Scarborough, The Old Parcels Office

12/2022 Southwark Park Galleries Open, London

11/2022 The London Group at Bankside, London

08/2022 Catch your Breath with The London Group, St Johns Waterloo, London

12/2021 Southwark Park Galleries Open, London

11/2021 Ing Discerning Eye selected by Russell Tovey, Mall Galleries

​12/2020 On Being selected by Kim Power, Sculptors Alliance, New York [Online]

12/2020 Southwark Park Galleries Open, London [Online] 

12/2020 Artworks Open selected by Alex Schady and Michelle Williams Gamemaker, London

11/2020 ArtCan Open, Cello Factory selected by Gita Joshi [Cancelled] 

11/2019 The London Group Open, Cello Factory 

03/2019 RWA Sculpture Open Exhibition, Royal West Academy, Bristol 

12/2018 Sculpture at Hampstead School of Art, London

07/2017 Plymouth Contemporary, Karst Gallery, Plymouth

01/2017 Staying with the Troubles, The Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts

04/2016 Walker & Bromwich's Circus Between Worlds, Glasgow International

02/2016 Re:view, Pollok House, Glasgow
07/2015 Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Prize selected by Christine Borland, Jenni Lomax & 
               Laurence Sillars Baltic 39, Newcastle

 

Awards

2023 Elected into The Royal Society of Sculptors

2022 Elected into The London Group 

2019 RWA Sculpture Open Exhibition Prize Winner 

2015 Kenneth Armitage Sculpture Award

2015 Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Prize Discretionary Prize

Residencies

2020 Hampstead School of Art x Mount Anvil Temple Studio Residency

Education

2021 PGCE Art & Design, University College London

2016 Master of Letters in Sculpture, The Glasgow School of Art

2015 BA Fine Art, Leeds Arts University

2012 Access to HE, Leeds Arts University 

Professional Experience

2022 - Present Art Teacher, St Ursula's Convent School, Greenwich

2017 - 2021 Foundation Course Leader Hampstead School of Art

2017 Visiting Lecturer BA Fine Art, Leeds Arts University

2017 Studio Assistant, Oliver Beer Studio

2016 Visiting Lecturer HNC Fine Art, Glasgow Clyde College

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