My work is concerned with issues surrounding the interrelationship of human and animal realms. Utilising methods of sculpture and drawing, I explore the notion of ‘animal as practitioner’ and how different species might shape, frame and make space in our everyday urban environments. As human beings, we seem to believe that our urban environments are ours, but in actuality, these spaces are a much more complex settings, involving many species.
As a starting point, I often exploit found material and construct sculptural works based on the histories and evolution of animal trapping, a process carried out for a variety of reasons whether for food and fur or for pest control or taxidermy. These works are often unstable, on the edge of falling apart. Drawing from the sculptures highlights these moments of temporality, presenting a juxtaposition of social phenomena.
The drawing offers an examination of these structural forms and considers the “boundaries of what it means to be human rather than animal” (O’Reilly 2009), addressing questions associated with the residual traces left by animals, considering the space animals inhabit. The practice aims to explore and examine this dilemma, simultaneously highlighting our own human fragilities. The works imagine and present spaces for co-existence, social situations for encounters between species.
2012-2013 MA Fine Art, Manchester Metropolitan University
2009-2012 BA (Hons) Contemporary Art, University of Huddersfield (1st class degree)
2008-2009 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Telford College of
Art and Technology (Distinction)
2006-2008 BTEC Art and Design, Telford College (Distinction)
2005-2006 Foundation Degree in Art and Design, Telford Collage of
Art and Technology. (Distinction)
Grants and Awards
2016 GM Arts Prize, Elliot House, Manchester (Shortlisted)
2014 The Great Art Award, Nottingham Castle Open, Nottingham
Exhibitions and Festivals
2018 The Line Between, Solo Exhibition, Abingdon Studios,
2017 Trap and Snare, Solo Exhibition, Blackpool and The Flyde College, Blackpool.
2017 The Beginning, Group show with UKYA, National Assembly
of the republic of Korea
2017 Strange Lands, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London
2017 MAKE/SHIFT, AIR Gallery, Altrincham
2016 UKYA Festival, Derby.
2016 private:PUBLIC, 35 Chapel Walk, Sheffield
2016 Greater Manchester Art Prize, Elliot House, Deansgate,
2016 Waterside Open, Waterside Art Centre, 1 Waterside Plaza,
2015 Outside The Box, 6 George Street, Altrincham.
2015 Bankley Open Exhibition, Bankley Street, Levenhulme,
2015 Shelf Life, PS Mirabel, 14 - 20 Mirabel Street, Manchester.
2015 Neo: art prize, neo:gallery22, The Market Place, Bolton.
2015 Altrincham Open Exhibition, 82-84 George St, Altrincham .
2014 Nottingham Castle Open Exhibition, Nottingham Castle,
Casple PI, Nottingham.
2014 Everyday Illusions, PAPER Gallery, 14 - 20 Mirabel Street,
2014 The Granary Art Gallery, Weston Park, Weston-under-
2013 What? Now!, Manchester Metropolitan University School of
2012 Oil, Grease and Rubber, Unit 4B Piccadilly Place,
2012 This is how you stand correctly, Vyner Street Gallery, Vyner
2012 This is how you stand correctly, University of Huddersfield,
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
2011 I Presume, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, West
Yorkshire Degree shows.
2015 Outside the Box Exhibition Catalogue
2015 Neo:Art prize Exhibition Catalogue
2012 How you stand correctly, Exhibition Catalogue
2015 Roller Gallery Online Exhibition, Cheltenham Mount, Harrogate, North Yorkshire.