I am an artist. It’s who and what I am. I fumble and fall and get up, I fumble and fall and get up. I love challenging myself, being experimental and following my gut. Being able to create and exhibit/perform my work is important to me.
My practice has included Sculpture, site specific/ installation, mixed media, drawing and photography which has varied in size: from small hand sized to larger scale works. The recurrent themes in my work are boundaries/thresholds, perception and the participation of the viewer. It is often experimental in nature. I now want to include performance in my practice.
For 20 years I have suffered from severe illness and disability. Isolated. I feel like I am coming back into the world; beginning anew. For 7 years during this time I was bedbound. At my worst I was unable to chew, write or draw. Communication was very, very difficult, limited due to slow cognitive functioning. Throughout this time, I never stopped creating in my head. It helped me to survive. When able, I drew and later as I progressed, I began gathering items normally thrown away and which I had access to: chewing gum, hair, dust and used matchsticks. These I have now use to make artworks. My experiences of being ill, disabled and now middle aged are influencing my work.
Having improved significantly, I have divorced and moved to Glasgow, the city of my birth. I now have a studio at Glasgow Independent Studio.
Currently I am experimenting with the gathered materials, looking at artists who used the personal in their performances, human detritus, as well as the exploring those that examine the juncture between art and performance. I am also attending dance, drama classes and joined a choir.