Artist living in London, UK.
Bow Arts Trust associate artist since 2011.
I work predominantly with HD video, writing and performance. I regularly use actors to interpret my scripts, which is a collaborative and intimate process. My current practice revolves around personal history, environment, and social standing. I use my direct environment to propel me into discussing, through writing and video, questions of the everyday. The mundane and ritualistic are fascinating to me, and by magnifying those moments I attempt to explore the space between. A thread will often appear from a fleeting moment, curious enough for me to attempt to pull further. Something catches the eye; an advert for an Au Pair under a rail bridge; a conversation overheard; an outmoded lecture on ‘success’ for sale in a charity shop; a string of emotionally intense emails.
My process is grounded in deconstruction; picking apart human behaviour, language, movements, and more recently the architectural and aesthetic structures we are surrounded with. I use personal history – memories, dreams built from past events – to shroud the cold, hard statistics taken from the Media. Questions of truth and fiction hover over both these materials. Contemporary and outdated self-help, sociology and psychology further inform the work. Domestic settings – settings which I have a personal connection with – are used as a springboard for bringing together all elements of an idea. Melancholy and dark humour are important tools to the work, creating a sense of uneasiness and contradiction. The interaction of actors with written scripts causes an important transition, into language and movement, and their interaction with the space I have given them. Live performance has been slowly becoming an important and appropriate medium for the work, temporal and fragmented.
Exhibitions and Screenings
Houses, The Old Ambulance Depot, Edinburgh, 22 August - 2 September
Westworld, Scare in the Community, Xero, Kline, Coma Gallery, London, 28 July - 19 August
Tooting Zine and Artists Book Fair, Construction Gallery, London, 25 February
Future Map, 12 January - 5 February 2012, Zabludowicz Collection, London