Participating Artist in the ImPORT/ExPORT exchange programme with EDINBURGH PRINTMAKERS
I studied Fine Art at Norwich and the Slade Schools of Art and later gained an MA in Electronic Arts at Middlesex University. I exhibit internationally and have held a number of prestigious Artist in Residency positions including those at Gloucester Cathedral, Millay Colony for the Arts New York, Welsh National Opera, Bardsey Island and Shaftesbury Abbey.
I use a range of media including printmaking, painting, polychromed wood and video. The imagery explores the relationship between fantasy and lived experience and the locations in which these two worlds collide. I am interested in the uncanny, the half-alive as manifest in objects like puppets, automatons, sites in which the mechanical and the organic find an uneasy relationship.
For the exchange with Edinburgh Printmakers I shall be building on recent imagery developed for my major solo exhibition at MOMA Wales There are Receivers in the Woods. I began to explore our relationship with wireless technologies, finding a visual parallel with the hermit saint in isolation looking to the sky for special knowledge.
I am fascinated with the subterranean area of Edinburgh which was inhabited by the very poorest during the industrial revolution. Somehow I would like to work that into the imagery, especially as the gap between the haves and the have-nots is widening rapidly at the moment; an important theme in much science-fiction is the forgotten underclass living almost like animals.
I shall be working with etching techniques, principally acrylic resist, alternative etching and photo etching during the exchange.