Arm (c)hair, 2015. Digitally printed fabric on cotton canvas upholstered onto refurbished 1940s European armchair 80cm x 80cm x 80cm. Commissioned by Staffordshire Archeology Department for Finding Treblinka exhibition at the Museum of Struggle and Martyrdom at Treblinka, Poland in August 2015.
I am a Scottish visual artist based in Manchester, UK. My work references 20th century architecture and interiors, and has explored post-colonial, post-industrial and modernist sites. I am interested in the permanent nature of architecture and its ability to both withstand and embody changing governance, social and personal histories, admiring architectures utopian capacity to constantly look forwards and re-imagine a better future.
By exploring formal, structural and decorative aspects of architecture and interiors, I process selected elements through drawing, sculpture, printmaking and animation. For the past three years, my practice has predominantly explored modernist architecture and interiors, pulling from its utopian idealism, sometimes creating pseudo furnishings that sit in between art and functional object. I am interested in the boundaries between the disciplines of making in craft, design and fine art.
I have exhibited widely in the UK and in China, Japan, Europe, Australia and USA. Solo exhibitions include 'Redirection and Network Timeout' at 501 Artspace, Chongqing China (2011), 'Why buildings stand up/ Why buildings fall down' at Malgras|Naudet, Manchester (2013) and 'The Fair' a multi- site exhibition at Glasgow Open House Art Festival (2015). Past residencies include Manchester School of Art (2012), In Certain Places, Preston (2012) and at Sichuan Fine Art Institute, Chongqing, China (2011).
I was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2012, and was awarded the Dyer Guild Award in 2002. I have been awarded grants from Arts Council England, AHRC, SAAS and Scottish International Education Trust. I am a graduate of Goldsmiths MFA (2007) and Duncan of Jordanstone BA Fine Art (2002).
Upcoming projects include a solo exhibition 'Looking Back|Moving Forward' at In Certain Places, Preston in September 2015 and a commission for 'Finding Treblinka', a touring exhibition in Poland and the UK in 2015/16, with venues including the Museum of Polish Jews, Warsaw and Imperial War Museum, London. To read more about upcoming projects, visit my news blog.
I am currently working on a 14 month research and development project Looking Back| Moving Forwards, exploring Seaside Moderne architecture across the North West of England and Scotland. The project involves researching iconic buildings such as Blackpool Pleasure Beach, The Midland Hotel, New Brighton Palace, and lesser known structures such as the abandoned lido at Grange over Sands, Cumbria. Alongside this, I am investigating corresponding architectural materials in the RIBA archive, as well as examples of modernist interior design such as Marion Dorn and Gunta Stolzl at the V&A and Whitworth archives.
From this extensive research, I will develop a new body of drawing, printmaking and sculptural work, to be exhibited in a solo exhibition at The Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool in April 2016, with an accompanying symposium on Seaside Moderne, and a site specific work at one of the architectural examples.
To follow my project blog click here. The project is funded by Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England, Blackpool Council and UcLan.
Finding Treblinka Commission
with Archeology Centre at Staffordshire University
Touring group exhibition in 2015/16:
Treblinka Museum, Treblinka, Poland
POLIN Museum of the History of Jews, Warsaw, Poland
Imperial War Museum, London
Staffordshire University, Stoke on Trent
Ny Space, Manchester
LOOKING BACK|MOVING FORWARDS
In Certain Places Project Space
November 2015More information to follow.
Grundy Art Gallery
More information to follow.