- THiNK, 2019
- Wirksworth Festival, 2019
- Brutalist photoshoot, 2019
- Raised Beds, 2019
- Journey, 2019
- Objects & Actions, 2018
- Wirksworth Festival, 2018
- Final Major Project, 2017
- Homelessness, 2017
THiNK Summer Exhibition, 2019
For this submission I focused on my deep rooted passion for the natural world which comes from my background as a zoologist. The current zeitgeist of climate change emergency has given me a focus but the challenge is how to raise awareness and change behaviour other than the common ‘doom and gloom’ tactic.
We are living in the age of the Anthropocene (which began when human activity started to impact the earth’s ecosystems) and nature will prevail with or without us. So the key is to appreciate that humans ARE nature, not separate from it and my work is based on a ‘doom and bloom’ approach - showing the wonder of nature and that we need to partner with it not fight it.
I created a series of abstract digital images then used emulsion transfer to embed them on canvas frames which I made myself. I love the retro aesthetic of emulsion transfer as no two outcomes are the same and the eroded images have a timeless and ethereal nature.
Wirksworth Festival, 2019
I am constantly inspired by the colour and rugged beauty of the Derbyshire Dales where I live and this is rooted in a passion for protecting the natural world and this was the inspiration for this series of prints.
Getting out in all weathers is key to my work as some of the most powerful scenes are those that appear when the skies suddenly open and reveal an unearthly landscape.
I used photography to capture the wilderness that exists on my doorstep - particularly on the hills around Dovedale in Derbyshire. I then created abstractions in colour and form and then used emulsion transfer to put them on canvas.
Brutalist photoshoot, 2019
I've always enjoyed seeking out Brutalist architecture in and around our northern towns and cities. This collection is an ongoing photographic project to catalogue some of the hidden character of our urban landscapes.
Raised Beds at Djangoly Gallery, 2019
The starting point for this project was the Beyond Camden Town exhibition of Harold Gilman paintings at the Djangoly Gallery in Nottingham. We had the privilege of having an exhibition space adjoining the main hall and our task was to create our own response to Gilman's work in a series of raised wooden beds.
The raised bed container was by its nature going to be viewed from above so I decided that it was critical to create that an outcome would be natively looked down upon. A swimming or floating object came to mind as the surface of water is a boundary between two worlds - which was exactly the intention of the outcome. The world of the early 20th century is blurred and slow moving beneath the water compared to the dynamic high speed of the modern world above the surface. The goal was to create an outcome that occupied the transition between the then and now and showed the collision between a quiet Gilman interior and the unimagined chaos of the modern world.
For this piece I created a horizontal trace of a commuter journey from an urban environment to countryside that is stripped back to show only colour, line and light. The journey is shown as a series of snapshots on 18 semi transparent perspex panels with each panel showing a hand drawn trace of the skyline. Each panel is coloured with the extracted dominant hue taken from a photograph at each location of the journey.
The sequence is lit from behind by a strip of light that reflects through the overlapping sheets to create a mix of colour combinations where the panels overlap. This light source sits centrally in the scene as if it has arrived at a specific location and is currently stationary. This is enhanced by the panels overlapping more towards the middle of the sequence - which gives a subtle indication that time has slowed down where the light source currently sits. The outcome has an overall sense of calm and prompts us to take pleasure in every journey no matter how mundane it becomes following endless repetition.
The impatient consciousness of western society flits between the past and future and neglects the present and has lost the power of reflection and beauty of focusing on the ‘now’. This outcome aims to illuminate the empowerment of taking control of the present moment in our path through life and the harmony with the environment and more importantly oneself that can result.
Objects & Actions, 2018
For this project I created a series of paired photographic diptychs with each arrangement questioning a different aspect of the human condition. The photographs have been paired to create a visual tension that transcends the limits of the printed paper. The aim is to create a narrative in each diptych that generates questions about life, death, addiction, love, vanity, power and belief. The common element is a gold nest filled with the spoils of addiction which provides a thread of the value humans allocate to the material and non-material path through life.
Wirksworth Festival, 2018
I collect natural objects, particularly wood, that are visually interesting and draw from those but I also enjoy finding beauty in the lesser known British wildlife that is often neglected because it is not 'classically' beautiful. For me there is as much beauty in a jumping spider as there is in a fox cub.
For this project I created a series of stippled fine liner drawings from which I produced Giclée prints. The intricate detail of nature is astounding, down to the thousands of hairs that cover the body of a simple bee.
Final Major Project, 2017
This project explored the connection between mental illness and nature extinction. I created an emotive experience that highlighted how mental health stands to deteriorate with the increasing extinction of (and hence reduced access to) nature. I combined a large emotive image with the destructive and alarming 3D additions of caramelised sugar and crows feet.
Over a period of 2 weeks the image decayed slowly as the sugar slipped down to the floor, taking the crows feet with it. The dynamic and unpredictable nature of this piece was intriguing and gave a sense of deterioration over time and the need to act.
This project was a partnership with Emmanuel House which is a charity supporting homeless, vulnerable or isolated adults in and around Nottingham. Up to 13,000 ex-servicemen/women end up homeless and on our streets, many because of PTSD and highlighting this to the public became the core of my focus.
The outcome I created was a set of ice sculptures placed out in the streets. In the sculptures were embedded phrases uttered by homeless people such as "If I could change one thing" and well as camouflaged military patterns.
The public were then photographed as they walked by the melting sculptures and the final dissolved pieces were varnished and framed.