My practice is inspired by monumental buildings, mainly in concrete. I am fascinated by their exterior spaces and the contrasts created through the strength of form and line. With camera or pen, I capture corners, surfaces and changing light, collecting shadows as they move across and between structures.
I use these captured images as graphic motifs, repeating and reconfiguring them to develop an array of abstracted photographic compositions, prints and sculptural forms. Setting up conversations between colour, space and materiality allows an exploration of themes of absence, memory and loss, some of which allude to personal experiences from a childhood spent in Western Australia.
My recent research explores the synaesthetic nature of our responses to materials and how they can be used to provoke unpredictable, ambiguous or diverse reactions.
Buildings offer us, ‘pleasurable shapes and surfaces moulded for the touch of the eye and other senses…’ Pallasmaa, J. (2012, p.12)
Glass Tank Gallery, DreaMFActory – An interim exhibition of work by students from the MFA programme at Oxford Brookes University. 12 December 2019 to 09 January 2020
Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospital, Oxford, Traces – A group show of 4 Artist Teachers, 1st September to 9th November 2019
Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot, Chromantics – curated by Tommy Watkins, 3 April to 28 April 2019
Untangled Threads Gallery, Scarborough, 100 Timepieces by 100 Artists, 22 Feb to 23 March 2019
Richard Hamilton Building, Oxford Brookes Artist Teacher Exhibition Transience, 28 Jan to 8 Feb 2019
New Art Gallery, Walsall dis:placed, a collaborative project with 10 other artists – responding to found objects associated with a particular place, 30 July to Sept 2016
Trygve Gallery, New York: Twitter Art Exhibition, supporting Foster Pride NYC, April 2016
Round Tower, Black Swan Arts, Frome: My small square artwork became part of exhibition designed and curated by artist David Smith – The Binding Grid of Creative Connection, 2015
Gerald Moore Gallery, London: TEAm– Exhibition of Sketchbooks produced by Artist Teachers, July 2014
Oxford Brookes University, MFA Fine Art, 2019 to Sept 2020
Oxford Brookes University, PGCert(Ed) Artist Teacher Scheme (Distinction), 2018
Middlesex University, PGCE (Secondary) Art and Design, 1992 to 1993
Middlesex Polytechnic, BA Hons Graphic Design, 1988 to 1991
Teacher of Art, St Clare’s Art & Digital Design in Oxford for International Students, July 2019
Teacher of Art, Abingdon School, Oct 2018 to Feb 2019 (Temp)
Head of Art, Chandlings School, Oxford, 2010 to 2018
Art Curriculum Co-ordinator and teacher, John Watson School, Wheatley, 2008 to 2010
Teacher of Art, Wallingford School, 1997 to 2008
Teacher of Art, Queen’s College, London, 1995 to 1997
Teacher of Art, Bentley Wood School, Stanmore, 1993 to 1995