It has taken a while to fill this in, but here goes, my official statement and then in terms of how I relate to the world through my work.
I am a British visual artist whose interdisciplinary practice incorporates installation, sculpture, photography, media and performance. Graduating in 2015 from Southampton Solent University with a BA (Hons) First Class in Fine Art, I was selected for the CVAN SE Platform Graduate Award by Aspex Gallery and Solent Showcase Gallery for Best of Degree Shows for my fictitious work ‘The Museum of Categorisatium’.
After travelling to India, 2016 and Japan, 2017 on artist residencies I returned to the UK where I was awarded a scholarship by The University of Southampton, Winchester School of Art. There I gained an MA with distinction.
My practice at this present time is concerned with human relationships, connections, Japanese culture, identity, memory and death. These projects develop site responsively using art to confront the ambiguity of fitting into existing systems and patterns of thought, not necessarily to resolve them. In 2019 I returned to Tokyo to research life around the Sumida River.
I knew a long time ago I viewed things slightly differently, but there was no such name as neurodivergent back then. I would watch my cousin running to hug my grandmother, who I equally loved, yet I felt no such urge to hug. I did not fully understand why she was doing it, it’s not like we would not see our grandmother again shortly. This disconnection has remained with me, an aloneness but not lonely, so I am constantly searching for connections with and through my art to understand. I have literally always been stood alone looking from the outside, but lucky enough to have art with me.