Oil and mixed media on canvas. 107x106cm.
Adverse Camber – being thrown off course, losing balance. A road sign that warns of an often unseen, possible danger to travellers.As a fragmented and patched figure ,this life-sized, hand sewn piece is inspired by the greys and blacks of resurfaced and mended tarmac roads. Suggestive of difficulties and setbacks encountered on a journey, it is also linked to previous work inspired by a simple phrase-It’s not the road you walk, it is the walking.
Using mostly textiles based techniques, I am interested in the lost, forgotten, peripheral, ephemeral – the generally overlooked or unnoticed.Recent work has included commission for Sunny Bank Mills – ‘Demolition’ – using found materials (cloth, wood, metal, etc) from the derelict site and current work at Bradford College of Art (AA2A) exploring combining porcelain, cloth and metal.During the lockdown and in recent months, I have been involved in various postal and online joint projects.Over the years I have exhibited my work in joint and solo shows locally, nationally and internationally.
Snowflakes lock down hard
Compacted ice sheets shatter…
Embroidered vintage doily
My work is strongly informed by my childhood memories & experiences. My father served many prison sentences and in my work, I express how his confinement affected my family and also notions of lost childhood. In addition I focus on my beloved grandmother’s battle with Alzheimer’s. She was a very strong woman who suffered much adversity in her life. She has always been a constant inspiration to me in many different ways and I owe a lot of my values to her.
Within my work I explore ideas of fading memories and the loss of the essence of a person to the devastating illness.I use vintage textiles including handkerchiefs, napkins, baby clothing and doilies to print and stitch onto. Words, as well as images of personal objects from my past, feature strongly in my work.
Since the COVID pandemic I have begun to make my work again after a couple of years of abstinence. It has helped me with my mental heath and I have found it very therapeutic.
The piece I am submitting depicts how my brain sometimes feels when I’m struggling with my mental health.
“Once Upon A Small Universe” is a picturebook I made during the Covid-19 lockdown. It was made through mixed media including; photography, illustration, digital painting, collage and creative writing. The story, in brief, depicts an elderly woman called Jojo as the protagonist. She is a miniaturist and dreams about being small enough to live inside the miniatures. Jojo falls asleep and enters a parallel state of consciousness in which she has shrunk and travels through the miniatures. She becomes lost and distressed and cannot find her way home. Eventually she returns to reality, changed by the experience. The creation of the story and the protagonist was inspired by (if not directly representative of) my Grandmother, Jojo who makes miniature models. The character and story are fictional, however, based on real life people and experience. The imagery is also a combination of real life and fictional drawing, therefore the whole book exists somewhere between reality and fiction. The project explores themes of family, ageing, memory, home and reality. There are layers of underlying meaning and a hidden narrative that can be symbolic of the health and wellbeing of the elderly. When the protagonist enters a parallel state of consciousness she loses concept of time and space, this confusion represents the declining mental function of humans as we age. The story is playful but acts as an analogy for serious collective concerns we have about the physical and mental health of our elders. I think it is important to create platforms and conversation starters to make the topic easier to address, I hope my book can function as a way of preparing children for the deteriorating wellbeing of their grandparents.
I am a fine art photographer predominantly working in digital design and image construction. My practice explores the blurred barrier between reality and fiction in image making. Using photomontage techniques and digital painting, I create images of constructed and imagined places, portraying a scene which does not exist and cannot be visited. Recent projects have moved my work towards socially engaged practice, with application in healthcare settings, focusing on the community and ways to improve wellbeing. Since 2017 I have been collaborating with my Gran who is a miniaturist. Our intergenerational practice explores sculpture-based photography and the creation of fictional places. Various projects have evolved during this time, a recent project, ‘Small Universe’ is a book about our collaboration with the aim of encouraging other older people to be creative by promoting the benefits of art on health and wellbeing. This book was funded by the public through JustGiving and then distributed to older people with the help of AgeUK charity.I have studied photography in education for 7 years, currently completing a Masters degree at York St John University.
Medium: Organic handmade charcoal ink on mulberry paper.
105 paintings, 105 natural subjects, 105 days in lockdown.
Prior to lockdown I had been struggling with severe anxiety which has had a profound effect on my life. Simple activities such as short walks and everyday tasks were always difficult and rarely completed.
During lockdown I have been able to embrace the quietness and solitude of the outdoors and able to carry out everyday tasks. This has given me the opportunity to relax and appreciate everything that we have already in the natural world. I decided to illustrate a subject every day that I saw on my daily walk relating to nature.
I started painting on the 23.03.20 when lockdown was announced whilst living in wales up until 07.07.20 when restrictions were lifted.
Pagan Artist inspired by The Natural World
“My practice focuses on using organic materials as the subject and medium. My passion for nature and art has led me to combine the two by crafting my own tools, inks and papers out of natural resources.”