Entries tagged with "Installation"
I am a sculptor and environmental artist whose main interest over is in Art in Public Places. I have worked throughout the U.K. as well as overseas in both urban and rural landscapes, indoors and outdoors and have made sculptures which have been both permanent and temporary. My sculpture is site specific in that it relates totally to the site taking into consideration the architecture, the landscape, the history, economy, ecology or mythology of the area. I use a wide variety of materials relevant to the project – wood, stone, bricks, steel, bronze, planting, rope, sand, water, glass, light, plastics, even feathers, silk flowers and drinks cans, and snow, etc. and enjoy working on both large and small scale.
I am an ecological artist based near Stoke-on-Trent and the focus of my practice concerns people's connection with Nature in their everyday lives.
Recent practice has involved creating opportunities for people to engage with Nature through a number of garden projects:
- In Flight Diner - an avian intervention, commissioned by AirSpace Gallery, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent for their Bird Yarden
- How Does Your Garden Grow? - a conversation initiated with allotmenteers around Stoke-on-Trent about their relationship with Nature with resulted in an exhibition of photographs and a seed-planting workshop at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery.
- Meantime Meadows - a guerrilla gardening project based on city demolition sites. Explored people's relationship with wildflowers and notions of the beauty and worth of 'weed' species.
- Memory Garden - a reminiscence and mapping project with the senior sitizens of Hanley Heritage Group using memories of gardens, plants and people, from whom they had become disconnected with, through the progression of age.
- Grow Your Own Garden Festival - a proposal for a Second Stoke-on-Trent garden Festival that explored making the city an ecological network by connecting gardens, waterways and green spaces.
- Last Post - a mail art swansong for the pillar box and a guerrilla garden project.
A qualified horticulturalist (BTEC HND in Landscape Design, RHS level 1 & 2 in Horticulture) I am often found up to my elbows in mud, be it on my organic-run allotment or whilst initiating art and horticulture in non-art spaces.
My work is driven by everyday life and often addresses our unacknowledged response to it. It brings attention to our sometimes hidden emotions, and actively seeks to restore balance and harmony.
Primarily, as a maker, my intention is to find and develop equilibrium within myself, through the creative process. The practice of facing dilemmas and purposefully bringing them to the fore rests on the coordination of body, mind and emotions. Slow production time, the use of hand tools, familiar methods and traditional materials, creates a space for the idea to develop. The end result becomes a coherent expression of resolution; an harmonious dialogue between the inner and outer worlds.
A lifelong interest in the linking of personal development with creative practice was formalised by 4 years of study which led to a BA(Hons) degree in Interactive Arts from Manchester Metropolitan University.
I make sculptures & installations in an ongoing search to find a visual language to express my idea of ‘continuity’ – about rebirth, renewal, regeneration & the desire to keep going, recover & persevere. Working conceptually in any media I’ve made sculptures using burnt wood because it looks like its been destroyed, but its also preserved when its burnt. I’ve also made installations with hand cut paper which has been meticulously cut into long tendrils. I’ve made sculpture using long threads like contours on a map & I’ve also worked with piles of handmade paper & layers of torn pages.
There is a consistent concept behind all my work, but what I feel is more important is for people to tell me what it means to them, because this continues the network of meaning. This takes me into the community to work with others in collaboratively linked works to extend the conceptual visual language.
I now run ArtWork Studios & Gallery in Navigation Rd, Northwich which provides studio space for six resident artists to work, sell and exhibit their work (www.artworkstudios.co.uk). There is a programme of exhibitions from visiting artists, classes & workshops and social events for artist networking. Creating & managing the studios now fills much of my time with facilitating opportunities for artists & community to engage in the arts.
I trained at London Rd Art College in Northwich,
Wirral Metropolitan College (Liverpool John Moores University),
Chester University, Staffordshire University & Salford University. I also have a previous career in business management consulting.
I graduated with First Class Honours in Fine Art, Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Art, Masters in Conceptual Art in Community Context (ongoing) & a Masters in Business & IT Management.