My practice expands how aesthetics of an object can be used to allude to the presence of action and a premise for performance.
Functionality and Agency are contexts, which I employ to transcend an object’s still state. Adopting motifs such as handles, hooks, hinges, nets, harnesses and hoops, I dip into our preexisting relationships with objects and actions. Using Function as a guide for how the body enters the work. ‘Where the handle meets the hand to produce the thing’.
Interaction is my crux, the genesis. I am fascinated by the anticipation and desire for engagement with sculpture. Changing and twisting the nature of the body and the object, into a moment caught in time. I make works, which in every sense give instructions and demand usage but are so still. Wrapped up in potentiality. Stalling the moment of activity, producing an object that screams its performative past and future out.
Recently working with visual suggestion, I have begun to use photographs of past performances. Distorting them with pattern and abstraction. Absorbing images directly onto materials. Re-digesting the echoes of action, presenting a twisted instruction.
Through self-referencing, function and performance my work has become anthropomorphic. The sculptures embody their own Agency through visual clues.
They play out their own situations and actions extending beyond the tools, objects and apparatus they resemble. I move from the realms of interaction, into works that represent a single moment;
2012 Eleven trees, Swinley Forest, Bracknell
2012 Faill, Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, Chelsea, London
2013 Fresh Air Show, Quenington, Gloucestershire
2014 Headington Artist in Residence Show, Oxford
2014 TOI, Headington, Oxford
2014 Points Of Contact, Mori + Stein, Camberwell, London
2015 FROM, Hotel Elephant, Elephant and Castel, London
2015 Little Mountains, Embassy Tea Gallery, Southwark London
2016 Performances, Cody Dock, London
2017 SET, Crisp Street, London
2017 Progress/ Regress, The Crypt Gallery, London
2017 Slade MA/MFA Interim Show
2018 Platform 1, Bloomsbury Theatre, London
2018 First Blast, SET, London