Artist Statement


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Artist Statement

An artist and maker at Digswell Arts Trust, nr Welwyn, Hertfordshire.  Making sculpture, 3D wall and framed objects, installations and jewellery.

The environment decays and transforms. There is a chaotic rawness and non-superficiality, as time and memory of place is absorbed.

Through abstract form and restrictive mark-making, using machine stitch, I fabricate three-dimensional drawings. I continually question and experiment with simple, everyday materials to capture an ethereal, poetic quality in the work, evoking memories and narratives for the viewer. The shape of the form and surface qualities are altered through rust, gravity, collapse and deterioration exploiting the organic, random pattern, of fractals and chaos, "the order that lies in uncertainty".

Through the mediator of stitch, soluble film and non-traditional textile material the restrictions of the materials are tested through wrapping, layering, sewing, soaking, molding and heating. The materials are selected for their ephemeral and transient qualities - often, re-using discarded packaging.

Academic History

2009 MA Fine and Applied Arts with Distinction, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

2005 BA (Hons) Silversmithing, Jewellery and Allied Crafts, 2:1

Sir John Cass Dept., of Art, Media & Design, London Metropolitan University

2002 Foundation Studies (Art & Design) Barnfield College, Luton, Bedfordshire

Awards/Prizes

2010 Hatfield House Best Sculpture Prize

2009 Hatfield House Best Scupture Prize

Exhibitions

2013

Wallace 100: Praesentia Art Trail, Hertford (Artwork in 12 venues in Hertford)

Wallace 100: Praesentia Art Trail Launch exhibition

Open Studios, Digswell Art Studios

2012

Hertford 100, Courtyard Arts, Hertford

May and September Open Studios at Digswell, Welwyn

2011

Winners Show - Museum of St. Albans, Hertfordshire

2010

Margaret Harvey Gallery, St. Albans

Luton Hoo Walled Garden Heritage Open Day - Artists in Residence Exhibition

Rebirth, 18|21 Gallery, Norwich

Arts Depot, London

Luton Hoo Garden Art Exhibition, Luton

Elements: Man and the Environment, The Forum, Norwich

2009

Margaret Harvey Gallery, St. Albans

MA Show, Art & Design Gallery, University of Hertfordshire

Contemporary Textiles Fair, Teddington

2008

Absence & Presence, Art & Design Gallery, University of Hertfordshire

2005

Crafts Council, Islington, London

New Designers, Business Design Centre, London

BA Silversmithing, Jewellery & Applied Arts, London Metropolitan University

Craftmanship and Design Awards, Goldsmiths Hall

Residencies - Luton Hoo Walled Garden Project

Imagery/Press in the following publications

2010 The London Metro

2010 The Daily Telegraph

2008 Non-Precious Jewellery, A&C Black

2006 Embroidery: Fragile Beauty

2005 a-n

2005 Crafts


 

 

Text Box: Artist Statement An artist and maker at Digswell Arts Trust, nr Welwyn, Hertfordshire.  Making sculpture, 3D wall and framed objects, installations and jewellery. The environment decays and transforms. There is a chaotic rawness and non-superficiality, as time and memory of place is absorbed. Through abstract form and restrictive mark-making, using machine stitch, I fabricate three-dimensional drawings. I continually question and experiment with simple, everyday materials to capture an ethereal, poetic quality in the work, evoking memories and narratives for the viewer. The shape of the form and surface qualities are altered through rust, gravity, collapse and deterioration exploiting the organic, random pattern, of fractals and chaos,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Text Box: Artist Statement An artist and maker at Digswell Arts Trust, nr Welwyn, Hertfordshire.  Making sculpture, 3D wall and framed objects, installations and jewellery. The environment decays and transforms. There is a chaotic rawness and non-superficiality, as time and memory of place is absorbed. Through abstract form and restrictive mark-making, using machine stitch, I fabricate three-dimensional drawings. I continually question and experiment with simple, everyday materials to capture an ethereal, poetic quality in the work, evoking memories and narratives for the viewer. The shape of the form and surface qualities are altered through rust, gravity, collapse and deterioration exploiting the organic, random pattern, of fractals and chaos,