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My practice aims to be a sensitive, playful, critical reinvention of relational aesthetics. I see huge potential in the term, which can be used to describe art focussed on how we relate to one another through visual perception. I’m interested in the concept of the haptic eye, specifically the relationship between artist and subject which results from an ethics of tact.

I'm obsessed by the candid - unposed snapshots and real-life conversations. My process is to gather material (be it photographic, written or verbal) of people, situations etc. that capture my imagination, prospecting the effects of chance and appropriation. Then, through redaction/annotation/decoration I develop this raw content into fragmentary works on paper, sculpture, digital media and text. Each piece in my portfolio is my impression of another's expression. This forms a view of a world of countless conflicting aesthetics (formed through nature/nurture) through the lens of an individual taste (mine). Idiosyncratic signatures such as sharp pencil lines, a specific palette, and in writing, the 2nd person, contribute to my distinctive style.

I’m inspired by artists Marlene Dumas, Noah Davis and Sophia Al-Maria whose ethereal use of colour, composition, and figuration bears witness to, and tolerates, the complexities of human life. I’m also influenced by socially engaged film and video; favourite works include From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf (CAMP, 2013) and The Stroker (Pilvi Takala, 2019). As a result, the theme of collective responsibility is infused in my practice, reflecting my personal values. In literature, I identify with English, outward-looking stories like Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro and Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie.

My hope is that by drawing attention to the ideas surrounding relational aesthetics I can increase awareness and encourage the production of similarly touching, sometimes provocative, art.

 

 Education:

  

Upcoming                           MRes Art                                                         UAL: Central Saint Martins 

  2018-21                              BA Fine Art                                                      UWE, Bristol

 

Exhibitions:

Upcoming                           We Are Sorry to Inform You                            New Art City, Virtual

2022                                   PROXY                                                           Iklectik, London               

2021                                   Picturing Lockdown                                        Stradling Gallery, Bristol

2021                                   UWE Fine Art Degree Show                           Spike Island, Bristol

2021                                   RBA Rising Stars 2021                                   ROSL, London

2019                                   New Series                                                     The Vestibules, Bristol

 

Research and Writing:

 

2021                                   Gut Feelings                                                  TACO!

2021                                   Near and Far                                                 Camden Art Centre

2020                                   Undergraduate Symposium                           Visual Culture Research Group