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My practice proposes a sensitive, playful, critical reinvention of relational aesthetics as a field of contemporary art which treats aesthetics (here taken as the way our individual tastes and consequent styles, formed through nature and nurture, interact to form our visual world) as a means of portraying the inexplicable aspects/moments of our social realities.   

My process is to gather candid, photographic material that captures my imagination, prospecting the effects of chance and appropriation. Then, through redaction/annotation/decoration I develop this imagery into fragmentary works on paper. Each piece in my portfolio is my impression of another's expression. This forms a view of a world of countless conflicting aesthetics through the lens of my individual taste. Idiosyncratic signatures such as sharp pencil lines and bleeds 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 performance; favourite works include From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf (CAMP, 2013) and Sleeping Beauty (Taras Polataiko, 2021). As a result, the theme of collective responsibility is infused in my practice, reflecting my personal values. 

By isolating the theoretical and stylistic features of relational aesthetics and displacing them into a 2D practice, I hope to create and encourage the production of similarly touching, sometimes provocative, art.

 

 Education:

  

Current                               MRes Art: Theory and Philosophy                  UAL: Central Saint Martins 

  2018-21                              BA Fine Art                                                      UWE, Bristol - Spike Island 

 

Exhibitions:

2022                                   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    

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