Artist Statement

I am interested in structure and perception, from the architecture we inhabit to the building blocks of reality. I often depict the domestic space, seeing it as a symbol for both human experience and the mind itself. The place we call home can feel like a refuge or a prison, whether it is made of bricks or brain cells. I explore the idea that similar patterns of thought and behaviour can exist at different scales, and contemplate the feedback loop of thoughts into behaviour, behaviour into culture, and culture back into the mind as thought.

My work oscillates between internal and external worlds, often sitting on the threshold between the known and unknown. I make paintings that aim to embody a slight unease and uncertainty, while also suggesting a sense of hope and quiet optimism. I consider the notion that at the root of all problems is the appearance of separation: that we consider ourselves separate from everything and everyone else. Like the paint on a canvas, all things are fundamentally made of the same stuff, temporarily arranged and subjectively experienced.


Education:

2005  BA Contemporary Photographic Practice, Northumbria University: First Class Honours

2002  Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, South Tyneside College

 
Exhibitions:

2019  Members Show, Bloc Projects, Sheffield (20th July - 3rd August)

2018  Dotty, Northern Print, Newcastle upon Tyne

2018  A Study of Imaginary Chasms, Gosforth Civic Theatre

2017  Exchanging Views, Ouseburn Trust, Newcastle upon Tyne

2017  Footprints, Northern Print, Newcastle upon Tyne

2016  10 x 8, Stills, Edinburgh

2016  Northern Print @ St Dominic’s Church, Newcastle upon Tyne

2016  Engaging with Print, Gallery 45, Felton

2015  20:20 Print Exchange, Hot Bed Press, Salford

2012  Play Time, Ouse Street Arts Club, Newcastle upon Tyne 

2011  Still Light, Foundry Lane Studios, Newcastle upon Tyne

2010  My City, City Space, University of Sunderland

2010  Inspire, Arthur Robinson House, Billingham

2009  Urban Landscapes, The Artworks Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne

2007  Outside In, Northern Print, Newcastle upon Tyne 

2006  Navigating the Space this side of paradise, Gallery North, Newcastle upon Tyne

2006  New Works, Gallery North, Newcastle upon Tyne 

2005  Helios 3, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne

2005  A Thousand Words, Northumbria University Degree Show

 

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