April 12th - 3rd May 2021: I shall be headlining at the Gallery at the Guild in Chipping Campden when it re-opens in April! After then a smaller selection of my work will be available.
July 8th - 3rd August: I shall be exhibiting at Take 4 Gallery in Ledbury
As a biologist I am interested in the functional morphology of living organisms. Structure and function cannot be separated, rather they are inextricably linked by universal physical laws (gravity, motion, diffusion for instance) and the material properties defined by those laws (such as strength, stiffness and elasticity). Our view of the biological world is often one of the external form, but as nature decays, previously hidden, internal structures are revealed through a complex system of decomposition.
My art practice has grown out of an interest in both this materiality and the process by which it changes. I am fascinated in what has been left behind: I collect traces of what once was. These can be physical, such as pieces of skeleton, a rock or a fragment of rusted metal, or something more ephemeral such as a memory or a transient mark left in the sand at low tide or a fleeting movement. These traces act as mementos of a different time and place. By collecting them I link them to the present, creating both spatial and temporal narrative.
My current projects include exploring the materiality and decay of bone. In particular I have been documenting my found-skull collection in paint. Such objects are often viewed with distain, and yet it is this internal boney form that gives the outward appearance of so much of our familiar fauna. Here I have presented these skulls as portraits, viewed straight on in an unfamiliar, slightly disarming way. I have placed them on gold backgrounds (either 23ct gold or Dutch Gold leaf) which elevates their status.
I am also very interested in the disease osteoporosis. I manipulate diverse materials such as dough and clay, through the natural processes of change associated with gravity, opposing forces and fermentation, to create both 2D and 3D work. Internal forms are revealed using either the transmission of light or physically peeling away at the external structures: referencing medical surgical procedures and medical diagnostic imaging techniques. This narrative continues as the viewer is invited to interact with the pieces as 2D diagnostic x-rays or 3D medical specimens. Whilst this work is not at present for sale, it can be viewed in my studio during open studios.