I am a mixed media artist with a background in painting and textile
art. I respond most immediately to materiality. My work frequently
remains open-ended; a continuous, unresolved conversation between the
making process and the viewer. I investigate multiple outcomes such as
costume and textile artifacts. Often pieces may appear finished for years
but can then be re-examined or repurposed into new artworks.
I work with natural fibers including wool, hessian and calico;
preferring to maintain the integrity and honesty of the materials in their
raw states. Print is used to convey ideas quickly before returning to edit
and rework the initial concept. I draw inspiration from the primal,
expression and immediacy of painting and translate these qualities into
more considered textile outcomes.
When initiating a project I surround myself in reference material
from which to draw inspiration, both visual and textual. This environment
allows me absorb the information on a subconscious level. Recently my
work has become more personal, taking influence from both my
environment and family history, while still maintaining a predilection for
colour and texture.