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 indigenous cultures to concepts of the 'pluriverse' and 'ecoaesthetics') and environmental sustainability (notably new ideas in conservation such as 'rewilding').
My work ranges from handmade artist pop-up books to 2D visual artworks (painting and illustration), prints and home products for ethical fashion platform VIDA extending in future to include publications including a major new graphic novel work commencing in 2019. This practice includes new media and mixed media, building 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.
My practice incorporates a combination of fieldwork (primarily engaging communities and/or the natural environment) and research that informs the production of 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 want 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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