I am a participatory artist and printmaker, and run workshops and activities responding to my practice with adults, young people and children in and around central London.
Participation, sharing and socially engaged practice is at the heart of my work and has led me to explore particular themes and processes. My art practice is both installation and print based, it currently researches the themes of ‘Loss of Imagination’, ‘Finding Home’, ‘Mapping our World’ and understanding ‘Nature versus Man-made’. All these themes are derived from my own engagement with the world around me; from the city pavement to the flight pattern of migrating birds; from everyday journeys we take for granted to global travelling and experiencing unfamiliar landscapes. The art and photographs created in my participatory workshops, and the ideas we as a group have formed and reflected upon together are a form of inspiration to me for the print-based work I then produce in the studio.
The printmaking studio enables me to use traditional methods as a means of translating participatory projects into something more representative and less ephemeral. I like to work with photography, digital imagery and found materials as inspirations which I then translate in the print studio through traditional intaglio techniques to produce etchings using drawing and mark making to explore this contrast of digital and analogue. The resulting artwork can produce new ideas and inspiration which I then take back to the classroom further developing my practice. I am currently interested in developing projects in which nature, science and art collide.
I am keen to use nature and the way in which humans process the natural world, attempting to make sense of it through scientific and artistic means as a starting point to create a series of heavily processed prints and etchings. I would like to bring together my participatory ideas, installation work and printmaking practice by bringing the prints out of the frames and into our real world – taking our imaginations with us!
Winner of the Maywood’s Mezzotint Copper Plate Award (2020)