Over recent years my practice has developed in response to the ecological crisis we find ourselves in and a concern for how we got here.
I am moved to seek out the connections and relationships we have with each other and the earth. This takes me back to the land where I am drawn, in particular, to fields and quarries, seeing them as potential bridging places, sites of interaction between ourselves and the planet.
The relationship we have with the land is deeply complex, formed over millennia. I see art as a lens, and a language, to explore this relationship and to respond and communicate.
Over the past three years I have been working with photographer Mario Popham on 'Shaped by Stone'. Initially commissioned for the Barnaby Festival in Macclesfield, 'Shaped by Stone: Strata to Streets' has gone on to be exhibited at GroundWork Gallery, King's Lynn and PAPER Gallery, Manchester. We have also presented and discussed the project at conferences in Plymouth, Dartington, and Sheffield. In 2017, with backing from HOME Manchester, we were awarded funding by Arts Council England to pursue the second leg of the project: 'Flesh and Stone'.
In Strata to Streets we looked closely at a hillside quarry (now a country park) - Tegg's Nose - and it's relationship to Macclesfield Town Centre. We sought to draw attention to the pink gritstone jutting out of the earth up on the hill and the journey it took to lie as flagstones, setts and facing stones in the town. For Flesh and Stone we have shifted our gaze from the local to the national and international. From the hills, and rooftops, of Macclesfield we have looked across the Cheshire Plains to the mountains of North Wales. Here we have been focussing on slate and its relationship to the industrial north of England.
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- MA Art and Environment at Falmouth University
- 09/2010 – 09/2011 Falmouth, UK
- PGCE Further, Higher and Adult Education at Bolton University
- 09/2006 – 06/2007 Bolton, UK
- BA Fine Art (hons) at Manchester Metropolitan University
- 09/2001 – 06/2004 Manchester, UK
- Of Flesh and Stone at HOME, Manchester, Manchester, UK