I graduated in 2014 from the University of West of Scotland, with a first class honours degree in Contemporary Art Practice. I have been a commercial artist since 2004, but took the decision to return to education in 2010 to get a better understanding of what could be the best way of using my creative imagination in a way that could be benefited by others in a creative environment. The passing on of creative skills is an essential part of my practice. I do this using my eye for reinventing recycled materials which are found in the environment, which I reconstruct into a new purpose in the form of sculpture.
When I was invited to take part in the Project Ability ReSearch programme, I felt fortunate in having a special opportunity to do something creatively within their studio space. My proposal was the idea of collecting and using waste materials, which would be found in the Project Ability studio. These found objects would then be reconstructed into some kind of sculptural form, one that I could not predict what it would be, until I had experience of what materials I would find.
At the beginning of the project I was researching the early pioneers of aviation, who used their imagination to create flying machines, and they appeared to have little or no scientific knowledge of aeronautics, which included the science, art, theory, and practice of designing, building, and operating aircraft. There were some inventors at that time which had some success, however most failed in their quest to conquer man’s flite; this research became the concept I started with in the construction of my sculptural objects from the found materials within the studio. I planned to construct imaginative, three dimensional objects or sculptural flying machines, that where based in a future environment which have no fossil fuels nor are reliant on the science of aeronautics. I am attempting this by imagining that I am creating flying machines with no knowledge of flite and doing this by using only reference material of images of early flying machines, aviation scrap yards and flying creatures from today environment.