My practise is rooted in sculpture and installation but involves drawing, painting, printing and video. I combine processes, materials and techniques, such as casting with plaster of paris, ceramics, sewing, drawing with wire, embedding living plants. 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 also have an ongoing body of work using donations of unwanted bras: drawing, printing and casting to re-work and redefine the bra as a weapon, particularly in reference to the invisibility and disempowering of the older woman. I am interested in using sculpture as a way of challenging societal structures, frameworks and assumptions from both a feminist and an environmental starting point.
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 to 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.