My visual art practice is interdisciplinary and is relative to numerous 'typologies'; it addresses states of 'in-betweenness' through the concept of 'liminality', relative to landscape and the architectural/ urban environment. I present works that weave together notions of loss and lament, by exploring the ambiguous and allusive qualities that manifest (physically and psychologically) in the intersection between space, place, mobility and memory. Borders, hinterlands, thresholds (architectural proximities and adjacencies) are a recurring theme, where the past, present and future are conflated, mediating on paradoxes between materiality and the evanescence – alluding to uncertainties and anxieties of our time - a temporal and ephemeral metamorphic.
I am currently exploring “future imaginaries and potential virtues” (Brady & Collins 2013) using the Fylde Coast ‘hinterland’ for interrogation and inspiration. Thanks to the Abingdon Studios Members Bursary 2022, supported by funding from @aceagrams, I am able to extend on some ideas and visual research regarding Blackpool as an archaeological site of popular culture, where the site itself becomes a reliquary of fetishistic and transitory artefacts fused with natural and artificial imaginaries; in turn presenting a space for pleasurable or lamentable future imaginings - 'Fragments, relics, prophecy'.
Currently an associate lecturer and practice-based PhD candidate at MMU. Research title: ‘Landscape, Liminality and Lament’ – a practice based exploration of ‘The Gap of The North’, on the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.
Since June 2019 I have been part of a practice based peer group known as the Proximity Collective. Proximity is an enquiry into spatial & social elements of practice as research. A key component of our collective is a ‘convivial aesthetic’ approach. Proximity have carried out short residencies at Venture Arts, Islington Mill, Paradise Works, University of Carlisle, Abingdon Studios Blackpool and Rogue Studios Manchester. We have contributed to numerous conferences and symposiums, and are currently in the process of co-writing a publication and toolkit concerned with research methodologies that foregrounds practice, supported by MUP.