I work across sculpture , drawing, painting, printing and video- but the work always centres around sculpture. I combine processes, materials and techniques, such as casting with plaster of paris, ceramics, sewing, drawing with wire, embedding living plants. I am working on feminist representations of women, using donations of unwanted bras: drawing, printing and casting them to re-work and redefine the bra as weapon,and the female body as viable, particularly in reference to the invisibility and disempowering of the older woman. I work with sculpture as a way of challenging societal structures, frameworks and assumptions from both a feminist and an environmental starting point. My work with mens’ business suits forensically deconstructs and takes control over the iconic symbol of patriarchy: shredding and fraying the fabric; casting the secret private space of the trouser pocket; applying make-up; growing poisonous plants through the sculpture; drawing with the suit fibres using a microscope.
I have exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries including Tate Modern and the ICA – but I also love to make work for non- gallery opportunities like the fells of the Lake District. A couple of years ago I joined the Yorkshire Sculptors Group and have exhibited with them across the North. I am committed and active in using art to improve mental health and well being and have been visual arts lead for Hoot Creative Arts in Kirklees for 5 years.
If I can open my studio in person, please bring any donations of unwanted bras or business suits for my future work.