I have made art all my life and have exhibited since 1986. My main practice is in printmaking and installation, including bookmaking, found objects, textiles, sound and video. I work part time at a a day centre for disabled adults and also with other community groups, and this experience informs my practice as an artist. I often create artworks which are interactive in some way, or make artworks in collaboration with others, aiming to make them as accessible to all as possible. Social concerns such as the environment, poverty, justice and the need for the spiritual are all important elements of my work both in the community and in exhibition. My work explores myths and meta narratives that form our society and how reality interweaves with these. For a list of previous and upcoming projects, please see about page.
The combination of two residencies, both in faith communities, these series of prints and objects reflect on the need to find time in the everyday to be, to celebrate the ordinary as extraordinary, in the 'sacrament of the present moment'. Drypoint print, silkscreen on textiles. Cupola Gallery Sheffield
A site-specific piece made for Kirkstall Abbey, this work examined ideas of journey and the rhythm of life, referencing the monastic rule of 'work and prayer'. A combination of installation, works created through collaboration with local people, interactive actions and performances. Work & Prayer: Laminate cut lettering.
commissioned by Leeds Church Institute for the launch of their Art & Theology Bursary at Leeds University Chaplaincy. Hand made book, letterpress, scroll, honey.
Second showing at St Stephen's Church Bradford. Interactive installation made as as part of the Lament series, an ongoing exploration of mourning, mental health issues, and healing. Wood, foil, ribbon.
Created as part of my residency at The Community of the Resurrection, Mirfield. A series of prints reflecting on celebrating each moment and the rhythms and cycles of life. Collagraph print.
A piece which refers to the tale of The Little Mermaid, a story of cruelty for the sake of beauty: profoundly appropriate in an era obsessed with self-image and with increasing numbers of young people suffering with anorexia. Broken mirror reflects and reiterates the ongoing loop of underwater footage with a soundtrack based on water soundings. Mirror, video. Cliffe Castle Keighley
Part of a larger project about aprons, this piece references the iconic figure of the Blessed Virgin Mary and questions our preconceptions about women and motherhood. Textiles, transfer print.Left bank Leeds and St John's Knaresborough
This immersive installation was my response to the issue of climate change and also an invitation to the viewing public to lobby the government concerning this issue. Handmade ceramic bowls were impressed with the chemical equations for rain and acid rain, these were displayed with crystal 'rain' drops and a video piece based on storm clouds and petrol floating on water. Hand made bowls, crystals, video. St James, Wetherby and Leeds Light Night