My career as an artist has emerged from many years experience as a visual arts educator. My work exploring place-based experiences and cultural identity has three interconnected strands of studio work, visual arts education and research.
From initial graduate study of illustration and ceramics I have gravitated towards photography and now create digital and mixed-media pieces from photographs and scanned objects/textures. I am fascinated by motion blur, multiple exposure and ways to capture and/or simultaneously represent time and experiences. As such, my images are heavily layered and often created as sets. I have spent the past year exploring a range of ideas and techniques and am now keen to refine an emergent concept into a coherent body of work for exhibition and publication. Pushing Boundaries is a mixed-media approach that will be largely informed by indigenous art (African, Native American, Australian) which expresses deep cultural links to place. The legacy will be the development of an interdisciplinary residency programme centred on developing environmental awareness through the visual arts. This aims to encourage a change in perceptions of the value of art education through working with subject areas not usually associated with learning through visual expression. The ultimate goal is a wider recognition and acceptance of the relevance of interdisciplinary experiences and systems thinking in how we learn.
The AA2A scheme offers an invaluable opportunity to take this forward within a vibrant, contemporary, creative arts environment. Access to specialist facilities, lecture programme and library will allow greater practical and intellectual exploration of the theme. It will also be rewarding to work alongside creative people. For me - a walking advertisement for lifelong learning - interaction with other artists, educators and students is fundamental to remaining creative and forward thinking.