I like making things, choosing materials, letting them lead me and seeing what can be done with them. I like piecing things together like a jigsaw, playing with elements to see if they work and am led by instinct. I work with a range of materials from paper and wire to recycled steel and copper. By combining materials or working with relevant processes, cutting, sticking, wiring, welding, stacking, scaffolding, hammering, twisting... I aim to transform the materials into something new.
Drawing and working in 2D is a very important part of my process and discovery of thought processes. It allows freedom of the imagination to develop an idea without having to make it. It allows me to be prolific and fast when sometimes making things can be slow or problematic. However, the interdependency of drawing and making things is essential with some pieces of work: if you attempt to interpret a drawing in 3D you learn about the necessity to draw other or more detailed element, hence the learning process starts.
Making sculpture or installation work by commission adds another element of excitement to me because of two factors: working in a site specific environment and working with other people. I have been commissioned to work in both public and private sectors and in interior and exterior spaces.
I have given workshops in many places from primary and secondary schools to art galleries, Scottish forests and public gardens. I have also worked on projects for Kernow Education Arts Partnership and Creative Partnerships, on community projects such as making large scale puppets for Golowan Festival and working on a longer term project with Pentreath Industries, working with adults with mental illness. I have worked with a variety of age groups and sized groups and with other artists in alternative creative disciplines.
After a degree in Social Anthropology at Edinburgh University, I worked in Spain and finally moved to Cornwall where I got a first class degree in Fine Art at Falmouth College of Art. I now have my own family and live and work in Cornwall.
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