I am a research driven interdisciplinary artist, working across installation, sculpture and design. My work has strong socio-political and feminist themes; these often focus on issues based around identity and gender, particularly to do with social justice and female rights.
My multi-disciplinary work includes material investigation and process experimentation, through which I try to push the boundaries of form and function as a means of exploring wider themes. I enjoy taking my inspiration from diverse sources that enrich and challenge me as an artist, such as architecture, activist subcultures and industrial design.
In my current work I engage with traditional hand drawing alongside using digital software to create narrative patterns that subvert an established historic visual language. These are then applied to a variety of materials including wood, ceramics and textiles. I undertake various processes and techniques during my pattern development to achieve a unique outcome, such as hand painting, embroidery, sandblasting and sublimation printing.
Summer Show - 2021 Leadworks CIC, Plymouth
Displace - 2020 Leadworks CIC, Plymouth
For this brief I created a satirical mixed media installation which referenced the power of political media intrusions into our everyday lives and the effect this has on our democratic choices.
Body, Space, Narrative - 2019 Plymouth College of Art
For this brief we were asked to design and make a wearable glass sculpture. Through material experimentation, research and problem solving. The resulting sculpture successfully combined copper and leather with glass to sit securely on the shoulder. This piece was then exhibited alongside other similar artworks in a collaborative exhibition at Plymouth College of Art.
Between 1864 and 1883 the Contagious Diseases Act facilitated the police in arresting any woman suspected of prostitution. These women were then coerced under threat of imprisonment into submitting to an intimate and often painful medical examination for sexually transmitted diseases. If found to be infected they were immediately removed and detained in a lock hospital for a period of up to nine months. Only women were condemned for the transmission despite both sexes being culpable. Through the use of physical space, gender based materialism and visual metaphors of control, ‘social evil’ explores the relationship between patriarchal power and female oppression; questioning whom in this narrative is evil.
Exploring the shocking visual imagery of antiquated female gynecological examination positions and contrasting them against the decorative qualities of delft ceramic tiles. Exposed plays on what is acceptable to our sensibilities in domestic decoration and femininity, as well as examining what is hidden and what is observed in female history.