I completed my BA in fine art at Birmingham City University over the course of two years. Prior to that I did a foundation degree at Shrewsbury College, which I completed over three years as a part time student. Prior to that I did a BTEC painting and drawing course, which was a wonderful experience with no writing involved.
I have lots of varied experience. In Birmingham, I delivered a print and technology training program. Following on from that, I became employed as a lecturer teaching painting and drawing.
My personal work seeks to understand conditioning, attachment and impermanence, an investigation into the sensations of craving and aversion and how we respond to these within a cultural context. I use a wide range of elements such as mark making, sculpture, found objects, sound, film and performance.
When I moved to Shrewsbury, I lived near the Flax Mill and I was very enamoured with it and the people that worked there. I got involved as one of the ‘friends of the flax mill’ and I set up an art group. It gave me a huge amount to work with, whether that be the decaying buildings, the special history, coupled with the emulsion technique I learnt during my BTEC, it became a bit of a playground for me.
I’ve got an exhibition booked in Participate in March based around the theme of my Mum, who passed away in February 2017. It’s a pretty challenging concept but I see it as a really positive way to commemorate her life.