Contemporary Visual Artist
My art education began many years ago when art history including classical art was a vital part of the curriculum, this knowledge and inspiration has continued on and still excites me even now, having completed a Masters Degree in Fine Art at Winchester School of Art in 2015. I am now after 20 years of pursuing a totally unrelated profession happy to be finally making my life as a contemporary artist. As a single mum this journey has been protracted, with the emphasis always being on providing for us, my son is now grown up and I have the freedom to focus totally on my art.
2014 – present Artist, Tutor and Mentor
2014 – 2015 MA Fine Art – Distinction, Winchester School of Art – University of Southampton.
2013 – 2014 BA Hons. Photography – First Class Honours, Southampton Solent University.
2000 – 2004 Diploma of Higher Education, Visual Arts, Winchester School of Art.
1997 – 1999 Advanced GNVQ in Art and Design, awarded Distinction, Arts University College Bournemouth
Exhibitions / Arts Practice
December 2018 – Opened Drift Studio, Warwick Road, Worthing
September 2018 – Joined Cast 45, East Beach Studios, Worthing
July 2018 – Cacophony – Luminate – Mardi-gras, film/soundscape installation, Colonnade House, Worthing
June/July 2018 – Worthing Artists Open Houses, East Beach Studios, Worthing
February 2018 – FOG – Art film, Films On The Gallery Wall, Colonnade House, Worthing
October 2017 – Life – Line … Time, film installation exhibition at Colonnade House, Worthing
September 2017 – Worthing Light Festival – film maker
August 2017 – Opened Studio34, gallery/studio/teaching space – East Beach Studios, Worthing
June/July 2017 – Exhibiting at West End Gallery for Worthing Artists Open Houses
June – Songs For Wild Horses, Choral/ensemble performance – The New Forest Arts Festival, The Meeting House, Ringwood – background imagery – installation
June – Share in / Exhibiting at Paperbird Gallery – East Beach Studios, Worthing
May 2017 – Premiered Art Film – Abode, Local Film Makers screening, Cellar Arts Club, Worthing
May 2017 – LiNE – LiGHT – LaND, exhibition of watercolours – Colonnade House, Worthing
May 2017 – Footprints – Group Exhibition – Festival of Doctoral Research – University of Southampton, at Winchester School of Art, 10th – 17th May 2017
April 2017 – Assorted works from Mutilation exhibition on display at Cellar Arts Club, Worthing
March 2017 – Mutilation Exhibition – Train of Thought Emporium, Worthing
January 2017 – Organising and teaching watercolour courses and workshops, West End Gallery and other Worthing venues – ongoing
January 2017 – Watercolour performances, West End Gallery, Worthing
Oct, Nov, Dec 2016 – Open Studio Exhibitions, Worthing Artist Studios
September 2016 – Littlehampton Open, 3 photographic works selected for exhibition at Littlehampton Museum, September – November 2016
August 2016 – Member of Worthing Art Studios
February 2016 – Solo show, Landscape – A Personal Thing, painting as performance, installation piece, Greyfriars Community Centre, Ringwood
January – PhD research group participation, Winchester School of Art – ongoing
January 2016 – Solo show of photographic artworks, Greyfriars, Ringwood
November 2015 – ‘Accretion’, joint show with Kirsty Smith and Peter Driver, Brightbite Studios, Southampton
September 2015 – Chapel Arts, Laboratory of Dissent, Winchester Gallery – visiting Artist + attended Symposium
September 2015 – Assisting Artist Andrew Carnie with 10 Days ‘Chalk’ exhibition piece
August 2015 – Winchester School of Art, MA Final Show
July 2015 – The Bargehouse, London. Exhibition of fine art photographic work
June 2015 – Andover March for Optimism, Artist Peter Driver, photography
May 2015 – Winchester School of Art, ‘MA Interim Show’
April 2015 – Art Book exhibited and sold to Southampton University Artist Book Collection
February 2015 – Dancing With Architecture, The Point Eastleigh. Exhibition of selected works
December 2014 – Open Studio Event, Ringwood
November 2014 – Winchester School of Art, MA ‘Work in Progress’ exhibition
November 2014 – Ringwood School, days teaching experience with 6th form students, art and photography department
October 2014 – Collaboration with Tessa Atton ‘Stoke Charity’ responses to a space
June / October 2014 The Factory Studios, Bournemouth – Admin and events management working in co-ordination with Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe
June 2014 – Attended Westminster Media Forum Seminar : Supporting the UK performing arts sector – talent, funding, partnerships and marketing. Whitehall, London
June 2014 – Degree Show, ‘Emerge’ Southampton Solent University
June 2014 – Photography Exhibition, Printspace, Shoreditch, London
April / June 2014 – Southampton Solent BA Photography, Degree Show Curating team
April 2014 – Open Studio Event, Ringwood
November 2013 – Southampton Solent University, mentoring 1st year photography BA students
September 2013 to January 2014 – Campus Job as Reprographics Assistant
2005 – Ringwood Infants School. Organised and ran a week of art and crafts during Art Week for reception year children
June 2004 – Exhibition, Winchester School of Art, Visual Arts
2002 – New Greenham Arts Centre and the Corn Exchange, Newbury, BA Visual Arts Exhibition
I am a contemporary visual artist specialising in film, photography, paint and performance, focusing on intimate spaces with a ritualistic approach to the movements and evidence a person leaves behind environmentally (in a broad sense of the word), encountered both externally and internally.
I work with the concept that intimate space is not always a personal place, but areas of personal involvement places that we form emotional attachment to, unconsidered we leave part of ourselves for others to encounter. Often a performative experience, movements that highlight daily actions, some ritualistic, some mundane.
My Studio Practice often involves knitted artworks and the uncanny. Freud’s theme of the ‘Uncanny’ is not a common association with traditional methods of hand knitting. Focusing on narrative and repetition methods and processes of knitting, historically known as homely craft. Large in scale, deconstructed works evoke feelings of unease, and the uncanny.
Cultural and ethical issues alongside the contemporary and heritage are all areas of art I feel conversant with. My work is a journey about exploring ways in which I can define the concept of identity and the self in a very individual and personal way. The exploration of who I am has been set in my home surroundings, that have now over time extended further afield. My life as mother, artist, and provider are factors that bear positive influence and drive in my working practice.