My fascination with cultures has been nurtured by my English and Bajan parents who were adamant that I should know both sides of my heritage. This lead to significant time spent in Barbados and the South of England visiting family who embodied those worlds to me as a child, and cemented my interest in cultures, art and nature as an adult.
This fascination was to become focused through three threads: cultural plurality, engaging the natural world and storytelling, which today reflects my interest in cosmologies (ranging from aboriginal, people of colour, and indigenous cultures) to where the narratives of marginalised groups and the under-represented sit in relation to the global and national ecology of issues such as the phenomena of climate change and the impact of that on our environment and/or pluriverse.
My practice is research led combining fieldwork, primarily engaging communities and/or the natural environment, grounding academic research within immersive experience informing work standing between mythopoeic narrative and allegory. I take a synergistic approach sourcing material from individual testimony, to historical narrative, creating new stories that are as mercurial as the many worlds that informed them.
My work ranges from artist books to painting and sculpture, including my first publication 'PREDATION' based on working with indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon as part of Iwati Parana AiR and further travel through Peru, to be published Spring 2020.
My practice builds artwork digitally and by hand by layering film stills, photographs, cut-outs and drawings with painting, incorporating various materials from wood and plasticine to precious gems such as black pearls and turquoise set between layers of resin as seen in my latest sculptures created from WATW residency.
My artistic practice has supported me via many forms from acting as a ‘graphic medicine’ to maintain my wellbeing and mental health, to enabling me to work internationally with amazing communities and hard to reach audiences such as the Kukama indigenous community in the Peruvian Amazon, to ex-offenders and women exiting prostitution and substance misuse, to seeing stunning natural environments like the jungles of Sierra Leone. I seek to share my stories and receive the stories of others with care and this essentially reflects my practice, deepening my contribution to community and environment.
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