Obsessed about obsession and the act of looking over and over. Press repeat, nothing stays the same. I’m interested in excavating the multi-faceted layers of perception, memory, and our conscious and unconscious being. How this ever shifting perception plays through the mediums of paint, photography, line, story-telling and words is what keeps me preoccupied.
My current obsessions concern Dartmoor and rocks. Both feel like home. They speak of eons and epochs, of immense time and spiralling galaxies. Fundamental and base, it’s the boulders and grit that hold it altogether. Previous preoccupations include sinking into bodies of water, memory, misrememberance and spoken word - attractions that haven’t entirely gone away.
From 2010 - 2021, I led and directed The Arts Institute in Plymouth, curating and delivering an innovative and dynamic public arts and education programme, including developing national touring exhibitions, regional festivals, international residencies and exchanges, new commissions for gallery based and site specific work and world-wide reaching online digital projects.
A few of the featured artists and luminaries include: John Akomfrah, Phyllida Barlow, David Batchelor, Anthony Caro, Vija Celmins, Edgar Cleijne, Angela Cockayne, Michael Craig-Martin, Mary Evans, Ellen Gallagher, Douglas Gordon, Anthony Gormley, Peter Greenaway, Philip Hoare, Nadav Kander, Anish Kapoor, William Kentridge, Serena Korda, Tanya Kovats, Richard Hamilton, Lubaina Himid, Thurston Moore, Rosalind Nashashibi, Audrey Niffenegger, Ben Okri, Lucy and Jorge Orta, Tony Oursler, Peter Randall-Page, Will Self, Lemn Sissay, Yinka Shonibare, Bob and Roberta Smith, Wolfgang Tillmans, Gavin Turk, Phoebe Unwin, Richard Wentworth, and many many more...
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Throughout my career I continued with my art practice, however, I could never find a way to integrate my creative work with my professional day job. So, in 2022, I set up dRAWing Space to bring it altogether: drawing, creative practice, teaching, widening access to culture, sharing knowledge and helping others to find their own unique creative voice. Based in Plymouth, UK, dRAWing space is a new cultural agency providing creative drawing classes, workshops and events for local communities, families, students, graduates, artists and anyone who is interested in learning and developing new creative skills.
List of events here
Fragments and fractals, and a splintered mirror. A billion possibilities, catching the light, refracted, shimmering, ever-changing, spinning momentarily in the here and now.