I am an up and coming artist with an interest in sculpture, handmade publications and prints, 3D installations and participatory practice. In my work, I explore themes linked with gender and sexuality, drawing inspiration from my personal experience as a bisexual and genderqueer individual. More recently, I have also been pursuing a keen interest in the intersections of art, history and science and exploring how to make information in public archives more accessible to the general public.
I branched out as an artist after a successful career in Social Care, which has richly informed my socially engaged practice. I am currently completing my degree at Glasgow School of Art in 4th year Environmental Art Studies and I am due to graduate in June 2013.
I, like others, construct my sense of identity through the stories I tell about myself, the words I choose, like a map of who I am or wish to be. This map is constructed from my present and my past, where I’ve been and where I am now, with each boundary defined through my encounter with others, slowly tracing future trajectories. This act of mapping is how I understand myself and the world around me and learn to situate myself on a personal and political level. Drawing a map is a difficult enterprise, where to draw the line, what gets included, what gets left out. I’m interested in unpicking all the cultural and social layers, which make up this intricate topography of the self and the other, drawing from personal confessions or historical archives alike, and through my individual viewpoint, I seek to create new narratives.
My work takes a variety of forms dependent on the project, from handmade artists books to fine art prints, badges, cast sculptures, 3D or sound installations. I am also interested in exploring relationships with audience and participants through participatory settings.
105 Monteith Row, Glasgow, G40 1AZ
Born: Hitchin, England, 1983
Lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland.
2010 - 2013
Glasgow School of Art, Sculpture Environmental Art, Glasgow, Scotland
2009 - 2010
Telford College, BTEC Art and Design, Edinburgh, Scotland
Group Exhibitions (Selected):
From Plinth to Popcorn, CCA, Glasgow, Scotland
The Thenew Factor, The Old Hairdresser, Glasgow, Scotland
21 Revolutions, CCA, Glasgow, Scotland
(Commissioned by the Glasgow Women’s Library)
Art for a House Lover, House for an Art Lover, Glasgow, Scotland
Drawing in the New Genre Style, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
The Big Show, Telford College, Edinburgh, Scotland
Glasgow Women’s Library, Glasgow. Limited edition of 20 prints 35cm x 35cm and limited edition of 1 inch badges.
Glasgow Women’s Library
Walter McBean Gallery, SFAI, 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94133, US
- Working on the installation of exhibitions which included in part receiving artworks and performing registrarial duties in keeping records of the artworks conditions.
- Unpacking and installing artworks in complex exhibitions
- Preparing the galleries for exhibitions, including painting and lighting the gallery space.
- During the exhibitions, acting as the public face of the galleries, interfacing directly with visitors and introducing them to the exhibitions
- Acting as invigilator and security.
Artists In Education | GSA, 167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6RQ, UK
- Teaching assistant work experience, helping 14-15 year old students complete their 3D design unit
- Talking through the assignment with the student to ensure they understand what’s expected of them
- Demonstrating techniques and breaking them down into step by step instructions for the students to follow
- Helping students develop their critical and research skills
gallerA1 | The Lighthouse, 20–22 West Harbour Rd, Edinburgh, EH5 1PN, UK
- Helping set up the exhibition space in preparation for the Edinburgh Arts Festival
- Welcoming visitors and providing beverages on opening night
- Acting as invigilator and security.