I am captivated by the slippery relationships between competing cultural discourses, and the ways in which individuals negotiate a personal sense of gender, identity, place, class, and history. We construct realities and identities for ourselves and others, and attach them to objects, images, words, actions and the fluid edits of memory. What is left out is as important as what is chosen; what is chosen changes over time.
The conceptual focus of my practice has its roots in literary theories of subjectivity, feminist discourse, and phenomenology. My way of art-making privileges gaps, what’s left unsaid, edits, and speculative positions. These spaces house potential: for new meanings, for critique, for transgression. In considering these spaces, I strive to make work that incorporates indeterminacy, and acknowledges that any voice opposing a dominant narrative is also complicit with it to some degree, and thus embodies contradictions.
I have created bodies of work exploring loss, grief, and identity (Nest, Elsewhere), the arbitrariness of human-defined boundaries (Boundary|Time|Surface, Archives of Absence), and the connections between home and place (Make:Believe, York, and York:Moments). I use a range of tools and working methods to facilitate these explorations, including photography, drawing, installation, video, and ephemeral sculpture. These tools allow for ‘hands-on’ reassembly and questioning of relationships, and a variety of means to reflect upon
the construction and interpretation of lived experience.