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 increasingly embodied the cultural idiosyncrasies that were to inform those worlds to me as a child, and cement my interest in cultures, art and nature as an adult.
This fascination was to become focused through three threads: cultural duality, observation of the natural world and narrative, 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 climate change and the impact of that on our environment and/or pluriverse.
My work ranges from handmade artist pop-up books to 2D visual artworks (new and mixed media painting and illustration), sculpture, extending in future to include publications such my first book '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 from layering my own film stills, photographs, cut-outs and illustrations with painting. The mixed media artworks, distinct from the purely new media work, can incorporate various materials from wood and plasticine to precious gems such as black pearls and mediums from acrylic ink to paint set between layers of resin as seen in my latest sculptures based on the WATW residency.
My practice incorporates a combination of fieldwork (primarily engaging communities and/or the natural environment), and research that informs work standing between mythopoeic narrative and allegory, sourcing material from individual testimony to the natural world, building new contemporary fables that are as fluid and mercurial as the world that informs them.
My artistic practice has supported me via many forms from acting as a ‘graphic medicine’ to maintain my mental health through critical life events 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 and approach to continuous personal and professional development, deepening the contribution to community and environment.
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