Through my work I touch on the subtle and intuitive part of life. Those things we all feel, go through and see all around us, often without giving them much notice, attention or importance.
I am interested in exploring the connection and relationship between culture and nature and the human inner and outer experience within it. I use many different materials and means of creative expression (performance, film, sculpture and installation) and it is this concept that unites my whole body of work.
Myths, folklore, fairytales as well as my life experiences and everyday observations all inform my practice. The materials and their combinations I use in my work often say more than one can see at the first sight. I carry out an extensive research into their symbolic meanings, connections and uses in culture.
Symbolism is very important in my work as I believe that primal imagery and symbols hold a great power of communication which is understood by all people regardless of their language, nationality, age or education. I try to reach out to people on a subconscious and emotional level.
EXHIBITIONS AND PERFORMANCES
2010 The Pilgrimage, performance, Šumava Mountains, Czech Republic
2010 Between Heaven and Earth, Čajovna ‘U naší milé Paní, Klatovy, Czech Republic
2010 Wild Horses, performance, Lake District, Cumbria, UK
2009 Devatero, performance, Hlavňovice, Czech Republic
2008 Into the light, St Gregory’s Centre for the Arts, Norwich, Norfolk
Selected Group Exhibitions
2011 Plight of the Bumblebee, Union Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
2011 Rituals, Köysirata Gallery, Turku, Finland
2011 Converge, Out of Blue Gallery, Dalmeny Street, Leith, Edinburgh
2011 Making Waves, Union Gallery, Edinburgh
2009 Time and Duration, performance, Mundesley, Norfolk
2009 Salt of the Earth, Salthouse, Norfolk
2008 Inaugural Exhibition, Tintype Gallery, London
2008 An Invisible Sun Within Us, Warehouse, Norwich, Norfolk
2007 Norwich Fringe Festival Art Trail, Norwich, Norfolk
2006 The Factory Show, The Old Bally Shoe Factory, Norwich, Norfolk
2006 Beyond Sentimentality, NUCA Gallery, Norwich, Norfolk
RESIDENCIES AND FUNDED RESEARCH
InCrops Project – 04/2010-02/2011
University of East Anglia in partnership with SCVA and local businesses, Norwich, Norfolk
Undertaking a site visit to a business partner that produces natural non food products. Viewing and learning about new materials, their properties and their production. Exploring the potential for these new materials, both in terms of the possible impact on own creative work as well as developing some ideas for how these materials and technologies might present possibilities for other artists and associated businesses.
Rapid Arts Residency - July - August 2009
Sea Change Arts, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk in collaboration with Turku Arts Centre, Finland
Multinational collaborative artist residency at Turku in Finland (artists from Finland, Portugal, and England). This was an intense period (1 month) of collaboration work between musicians, sound artists, dancers, performance artists as well as visual artists. Part of the residency was also running creative and interactive workshops for local community groups such as Unemployment support centre, Community centre for the elderly as well as general public.
Butley Mills Art Studios, Butley, Suffolk - August 2006
2 week long residency focusing on developing new ideas and work by responding to local landscape.
QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING
2004 – 2007 – BA(Hons) Fine Art, Norwich School of Art and Design, Norwich, Norfolk
2002 -2004 – HNC in Fine Art, Richmond Adult Community College, Richmond, Surrey
2001 -2002 - Access to Art&Design and Photography, Spelthorne College, Ashford, Middlesex
Enquire Project - 09/2008 – 03/2009
Eastern Cluster partners for Engage
Training and delivering gallery based and outreach workshops with a cross section of school groups and young offenders and nurture groups. Regional projects were organized collaboratively with Fruitful Arts, Outpost Gallery, Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, Kings Lynn Art Centre and Norfolk Schools.
EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY PROJECS
1) Art in Healthcare, Edinburgh, Scotland
Aims to improve the environment and the quality of life for patients in hospitals and healthcare centres
Art in Healthcare talks – 05/2011 - ongoing
Providing talks and information sessions about the art collections placed in various healthcare establishments in at various in Scotland.
2) Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, Norfolk
SCVA is a public art gallery and museum at the University of East Anglia (UEA) Norwich.
Culture and Countryside Project -03/2009-10/2010
Outreach project - schools and community centres around Norfolk and Suffolk
Designed and delivered creative workshops whose objective was to encourage pupils, their families and communities to reflect in new ways on their own cultural heritage, local environment and regional traditions. By studying and engaging directly with ritual and ceremonial objects from other cultures, they were at the same time gaining greater global awareness.
Mundesley Encounters – 04/2010 – 09/2010
Outreach project - Mundesley village, North Norfolk coast
Designed, choreographed, directed and also took part in a performance (Time and Duration, 2009) that involved the local community. It explored issues affecting local countryside such as coastal erosion which is changing and transforming the way people live. It was designed for people to reflect on dealing with time and memory, unstoppable change, continuous movement and repetition.
3) Creative Partnerships Norfolk
Norfolk and Norwich festival, in collaboration with Norfolk County Council Children Services
Creative Partnerships Project – Sundial and Wind Vane – 10/2009-04/2010
Diss Infant and Nursery School with Children's Centre, Norfolk
Creative project based on employing children in using variety of natural materials and exploring and combining them through various scientific and natural processes. The results of the experiments were used in final permanent outdoor installation in the grounds of the school.