Graduated in 2018 with MFA in Arts & Humanities from DJCAD. Professional member of SSA and core member of Trigger peer-to-peer artists’ network funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and ArtWorks Scotland.
In an on-going exploration of form recent practice-based research has allowed me to hone my focus and pare work back to fundamental elements of stance, poise and gesture. I have embraced the medium of cast concrete as a material that maintains the tactile quality that had been at the core of my previous soft sculpture practice. Experimentation with a variety of moulding materials has produced textural qualities that range from rough and pitted to softly mirrored glazes, and the use of a limited palette representing the four basic earth pigments of red and yellow ochre, gypsum and blue/black has given more scope to playful subtleties of surface colouration.
My work is continues to develop concerns with precariousness and solidity, with objects that stand on the tip of a tilt, that are caught at a chiasmus between tick and tock, or that have paused to settle and observe before moving on.
Taking cues from the natural and built environment, I find a sympathetic allegiance the silent sentinels of dormant factory chimneystacks that maintain their presence in the urban landscape or in the dual qualities of stolid rootedness and chaotic energy of craggy columns and weathered rock formations that appear to poise on teetering tiptoe at absurd variance with the solidity of the materials from which they are hewn.
As objects that veer towards the abstractly figurative my sculptures act in mute observation or wailing response to explore notions of endurance and impermanence, fragility and robustness, underpinned by the layering of memory and the passage of time.