Based in Whyteleafe, I also work as an art therapist & psychoanalytic psychotherapist. I have published in books and journals. I have an MA in Fine Art.
My recent exhibited work, intends political evocation: a memorial to the oppression or suppression of one’s mark. This incorporates a personal connection to how one’s own history of art making, including as a child, influences what one can and cannot ‘make’ and explores the personal and societal impact of institutionalisation. I am interested in materials such as tissue, pva and wire which evoke a gentle, ethereal presence but which can also appear, paradoxically, strong and evocative. Morphing between abstract and representational, figures appear like shells, revenants of someone once present. I slow down the drying out process deliberately, sometimes over many weeks, so that sculptures remain sticky and pick up debris while wire becomes rusted. The erosion, grubbiness, impurity and apparently insignificant or unintended blemishes reflect traces and fragments of how life often is: hidden, messy. I also make work using found objects, plaster, papier maché and clay.
I draw and paint, particularly making spontaneous marks on anything to hand. I have filmed and exhibited these ‘performances’. Results are raw but imbued, I hope, with personal emotional resonance, demonstrating our human need to make our mark whatever our circumstances.
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