I live in the city and I travel to the sea, everyday.
I wish I was the sea, moving in a perfect state of rhythm. Often I bask in the simplicity of the sound and movement of the waves.
City life is similar, the traffic moves in rhythms, the hum of human voices in the busy streets is like birds on the rocks and things corrode the same way. Nature is everything.
Electricity moves through our phones, computers, eyes and minds, supercharging our landscapes with a connected heartbeat and pulse.
I use what is around me; the ever changing and moving cityscape of Bristol, as well as the natural landscapes of Somerset. I submerge myself in them thoughtfully and connect their rhythms. As the flow takes me over, ideas wash up on the shores of my own mind and come through me into the materials I use in a way that is intuitive, and somatic.
I explore the body within the landscape, what the container of the skin feels like, and the existential experience of being. Body parts come up in my work, overtly and sometimes in abstract forms.
Creating, for me, is a way of understanding the world, abstracting elements from environments, tacitly exploring and figuring things out. The connection of inner and outer landscapes meets when I feel symbiotic with my material of choice.
I am influenced by weather, femininity, queer sexuality, landscapes that are natural, man made and domestic, as well as the body, giffs and repetition. My practice has evolved into drawings, ceramics, sculpture mainly but not exclusively. Working as an art psychotherapist is part of my creative practice. As I engage in the subtle conflict and emotional subterfuge of self-exploration with others and myself, I find that making artwork is essential for expelling unconscious and emotional material that I carry.