My work is engaged with the interconnected effects of trade, people, place, story and memory on identity. Using Indigo and other traditional pigments I create abstract images which resonate with forgotten stories, creating spaces to remember.
The indigo series use fair traded indigo as the pigment of choice. Both because of its amazing and slightly unpredictable capacity for colour variations and interaction with oil painting media and because of the history of indigo in international trade which reaches back to classical times.
The Lost girl series are a meditation on the role of memory, lost story and identity within the context of contemporary society and use traditional media to link back to the history of art, mark-making and what it means to be human.
In the past my work started with a narrative and through the process of creating a single work, or a series of works that narrative was distilled. So what happens when the narrative is disappearing? When the central character of the story is experiencing a process of disintegration? There is a risk in that becoming the narrative itself. This is the theme of the Lost Girl series of works, and those using the Thames as an icon for the Lethe.
Influenced by personal experience of a close relative suffering dementia and the feeling of disintegration of cultural norms within the context of an increasingly fractured world, the role of memory in the formation of identity has become the focus of examination. And creating spaces that allow us to acknowledge our intercultural experiences and links is essential.
My current work is operating in the space in between, creating space for stories and memories, stories related to place and economic and social change. I engage with what it means to remember, to be remembered and to forget and be forgotten, with transience and permanence.
SFSA Painting Open 17, No Format Gallery, Arch 29, Rolt St, Deptford, London, UK SE8 5JB Private view 7 December 17-18 Deembber
Tower 42, Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1HQ . Right in the heart of the city .Mr Equiano’s Scales, Phoenix Egg, 8 Small and Tiny Experiments in Colour and Lost Girl: Thames 17 October 17-16 Jan 18 in a three person show through artful.com
Additionally I will be showing one large piece yet to be revealed in the main reception area from a slightly later date.
Roy's People Art Fair, Islington, London14-17th September 2017 for details click link below www.royspeopleartfair.com/artists.php?controller=pjLoad&action=pjActionView&id=72
For gorgeous photographs of the stand taken by Dani Tagen please click on this link
Creekside Open 2017 selected by Jordan Baseman, APT Gallery May 2017
Art Fair Malaga, Palacio de Ferias y Congresses de Malaga, Malaga 2017: Exhibited digitally.
Small Experiments in Colour, Queen's Wood Cafe, Highgate June 2017
The Talented Artist Fair, Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QR (Whitechapel tube)
17/18/19 March 2017
The Thames: The ARTery of London, curated by Angus Pryor St Katharine Docks Dec2016
Sugar And Spice, Devon House, St Katherine Docks: August- September2016
Both Ends Of Madness, Sassoon Gallery Folkestone 22July 2016
Nautical Perspectives, St Katherine Docks, curated by Angus Pryor May 2016
Whenever I feel Blue I Start Breathing, Earl's Court Project Rooms, June -July 2016
Open Studios: Open Art Spaces, Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea June-July 2016
Print Sale : Fortunate Events, Bald Face Stag, East Finchley, 20 May 2016
Open studios:Kensington and Fulham Open Art Spaces, Pocket Arts 2015
Place and Proximity, Austin Forum, Hammersmith, Pocket Arts 2015
Art For Forts Sake, Muswell Hill 2015
Chriskitch, Muswell Hill 2015
Refuse Reuse, Kensington, Pocket Arts 2015
Microtopia, Kingsgate Workshops, West Hampstead 2014
Microtopia, Kingsgate Workshops, West Hampstead 2013
Community Art Projects and Interactive Events
Interactive Events / Community Arts
Willoughby Gallery Project: Initial research in process: this will involve oral history collections and a school based workshop culminating in an exhibition at the gallery
Both Ends of Madness Symposium, Thursday 21st July 6-8pm Sassoon Gallery Folkestone
Sunday Lunch Confessions Open Art Spaces 2016
Place and Proximity Interactive Artists Event Pocket Arts 2015,
Art For Fort’s Sake Coordinated this community fund raising event with Fortismere School Art Department included parents, student and community exhibition, and interactive events 2015
2015 to2016: collecting food stories from people engaged with markets,
Splat Messy Play 2006-9 a messy play group for children under 5 and their parents / carers, Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church
Art Week: Manorside JMI and N family work shops 2008
Previous Art Work: 1989-2000 Exhibited in various galleries and alternative spaces in London and included in a group show in the Barbican with VSO. Followed by a period of child care.
Graduated with a 2.1in 1989 in Fine Art and Education from Hatfield Polytechnic. Reflecting a long term interest in trade and international economic and cultural realtionships graduated with MSc in Develoment Studies from South Bank University in 1994 and went on to study Traditional Chinese Ink painting with Prof Ding of Jiangxi Normal University, Nanchang, China 1995-7.