My interdisciplinary arts practice is concerned with the interpretation of literature into self-portraits. I create poetic still and moving image works that explore issues of memory, place and familial relationships. I re-invent the source material through a re-scripting exercise, seeking associations with certain images, themes, characters or concepts. My practice-led doctoral research at the University of Plymouth (2004-2010) used T.S Eliot’s 1922 poem, ‘The Waste Land’ as a framework to examine my self-representational strategies and adaptation methods, culminating in a collection of photographic and video installations that dealt with parental divorce and estrangement.
I used the AA2A residency to work on my current project, 'Translucence', which is an interpretation of Donna McKevitt’s musical score, ‘Translucence’ (Warner Classics, 1998), derived from Derek Jarman’s poetry. The set of three video works ('February', 'Against', and 'Wisdom'), and accompanying photographic series serve as a meditation on illness, loss and death. The main focus of the residency was to print the whole set of black and white 11x14" photographs in the darkroom, after carrying out some initial digital image/text tests in the digital suite. These works take carefully selected lines from poetry and prose as their titles, from Derek Jarman’s writing, along with authors such as Kate Chopin, Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf. I have also developed my employment of the family album from my 'Waste Land' project for 'Wisdom', by using recent digital images, rather than analogue photographs in a stop-frame animation sequence that I aim to complete by July. Alongside this, I have been collaborating with a choreographer to create a performance to camera for 'Against', informed by memories of my Grandmother, which I will continue to develop over the summer.
Camberwell Space, University of the Arts London (8-19 July 2013)
This group exhibition of ten AA2A artists at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon opens on the 8th July 2013 (Private view 5-7pm).
Axis Artist of the Month
I am pleased to announce that I have been selected by Axis for their 'Artist of the Month' feature for May 2013. This gave me the opportunity to discuss the AA2A residency as well as my 'Translucence' and 'Waste Land' projects.
Photography and the Contemporary Imaginary (Part of 'Moose on the Loose' Biennale of Research)
UAL Research Forum, LCC (17 May 2013)
I presented a paper entitled 'Staging Sermon: Performing Literary Narratives', about the 'Sermon' photographic series from my 'Waste Land' project. See this link for further information about this research event, organised by PARC:
Show and Tell exhibition
Sculpture Studio, Wimbledon College of Art (11 May 2013)
I showed my work-in-progress photographic prints, alongside the three other AA2A artists at Wimbledon, Emily Allchurch, Ben Fredericks and Italia Rossi in this pop-up exhibition, which gave us a chance to interact with students from across all departments at the college.
Voyage: Sea Journeys, Island Hopping and Trans-Oceanic Concepts
Künstlerhaus, Dortmund, Germany (9 Feb 2013 - 17 Mar 2013)
The 'February' video from the 'Transluence' series was shown as a looping video installation in this group exhibition curated by Imi Maufe and Rona Rangsch. Works by international artists explored both real and conceptual sea journeys across oceans and between islands; telling tales of longing, discoveries, hardship and survival, of determination and discovery, or of being lost in the open sea.
Off the Shelf: the Self and Subjectivity in the Artist’s Book
, London (8 Dec 2012 - 9 Dec 2012)
My 'Journey Home' bookwork was included in ‘Off the Shelf: the Self and Subjectivity in the Artist’s Book’ at Stockwell Studios, London. This exhibition, curated by Paula Roush, Maria Lusitano and Teresa Paiva was dedicated to various expressions of subjectivity in artist’s publications and aimed to bring together contributions from a variety of formats.
Creekside Artists Christmas Open Studios
, Deptford, London (8 Dec 2012 - 9 Dec 2012)
I showed some analogue photographs and digital image/text test prints from the 'Translucence' series that I had made at Wimbledon College of Art, alongside the 'February' video on a monitor. Seeing the work installed on the studio wall, as well the feedback I received, made me decide to return to the darkroom and print analogue photographs with handwritten text underneath.
GHost IV: Presence and Absence - Haunted Landscapes and Manifesting Ghosts
St. John on Bethnal Green, London (6 Dec 2012 - 8 Dec 2012)
'February' from the 'Translucence' series was included in 30 minute looping showreel entitled 'Haunted Landscapes', projected in the knave at St. John on Bethnal Green, London. This collection of artist films was curated by Sarah Sparkes.