At it's core, my work is instinctive and gestural. My work begins with a point of inspiration, or 'jumping off point' as I sometimes call it - a feeling, experience or environment that forms the backbone of a new piece. From here, I allow each piece to develop gradually and naturally, often taking long breaks between painting to contemplate where I should take the piece next. This makes my practice very mindful and results in each piece having a life of its own.
I started painting around 18 months ago. It was the first time I'd attempted to create anything since school, and to this day I'm not entirely sure what made me pick up that paintbrush. I was working in a corporate office at the time and was deeply unhappy, yet like so many other graduates, had no idea what direction to go in, and lacked guidance and clarity in choosing a career path. It's only now that I realise it was creativity and artistic expression that were missing all along.
Choosing the academic route meant that I bypassed traditional art school, opting instead for a degree in Art History. I genuinely loved my degree - it gave me a deep respect and understanding of the artistic process - but it does mean that in the world of visual arts, I am very much still finding my feet. Professionally, I grow and develop through pure experimentation. During this process the focal point of my work has ranged from the human body to the colours of an Icelandic landscape, but they all have the concept of shared human experience at their core.
I love to write. I'm also obsessed with learning new things, and can spend hours on end reading about faraway cultures, art, world exploration and travel. As I gradually move further away from my time as an art history student, I realise that what I was taught barely scraped the surface. Towards the end of my degree I did self-direct in the direction of Modern and Contemporary art, but otherwise the course centered around European, male-dominated art spheres. Little-to-no diversity, and a depressing lack of female influences.
I think art history should be more like art anthropology - an exploration of art in a cultural context - as a way of better understanding ourselves and each other rather than focusing on art in relation to critics or sales. I hope that my blog posts can initiate a move away from the version of art history that's widely accepted (and sometimes ridiculed), towards a version that explores the art of ancient and diverse cultures, poses interesting questions and highlights the importance of art in terms of Feminism, acceptance and diversity.
While some posts are lengthier than others, each is intended to provide an easily-digestible portion of genuinely interesting content. 5-10 minute reads that can be mulled over with a cup of tea. I summarize and discuss the things that interest me the most, in the hope that they interest others, too.
As a self-taught artist, I hope to unravel some of the art world's existing rules and familiarities by creating uninhibited and schematic artworks with myriad possible interpretations. Through creating abstract and subjective works, in a variety of sizes and mediums, I hope evoke a personal response from each individual viewer, as they impart their own associations and derivatives.
For me, art began as a form of therapeutic self-expression and from there it grew organically - soon becoming ritualistic, habitual and cathartic. My decision to create work that centres around intuition and automatism stems from my desire to explore the concept of art as an extension of the self. I see art as an important way of connecting people, and I'm driven to create work that forms associations between people, places and cultures. As such, my work is often greatly influenced by travel and anthropology.
I work in materials that allow for a great deal of fluidity and motion - mainly glossy acrylic, chalky gouache and free-flowing watercolour. I work in quick, confident brush strokes, allowing the piece to develop intuitively over time. Each stroke is carefully calculated, and is layered with other marks to form a harmonious final image.
Qualifications| Exhibitions | Residencies
BA (Hons) Art History (2.1) from The University of Manchester
Open Contemporary Young Artist Award 2018 Finalist | The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle | 18th May - 26th Aug 2018
Flourish | Group Exhibition at Cardiff M.A.D.E | 3rd May - 3rd June 2018
The Coffee Art Project 2018 Finalist | The London Coffee Festival | 12th - 15th April 2018
Nes Artist Residency | Skagaströnd, Iceland | 2nd Jan - 28th Feb 2018
Micro-Residency at Stiwdio Maelor | Corris, North Wales | 17th - 24th Jul 2018
Artist Residency / Expedition with La Wayaka Current | Armila, Panama | 25th Sep - 16th Oct 2018