'A Restorative Resort', drawing and painting digitally printed on cotton, walnut burl pelmet, 2016, within 'An Architecture of Joy' (solo show) at Grundy Art Gallery. Image credit: John Lynch.
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 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).
I recently undertook a 18 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 investigated 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 developed a new body of drawing, printmaking and sculptural work, to exhibited in a solo exhibition, 'An Architecture of Joy' at The Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool from 2nd July 2016 -13th August 2016.
To follow my project blog click here. The project was funded by Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England, Blackpool Council and UcLan.
Current and upcoming projects:
Grundy Art Gallery
September 2016 - Spring/Summmer 2017
Available to view Mon-Sun, externally sited work in courtyard.
Division of Labour, curated by Lucy Harvey
Rogue Project Space
Manchester, M1 2WH
Preview: 1st December 6-9pm
Open: Sat 3rd&10th December 10-5pm (or open by appointment)
For Space, curated by Simon Woolham (group exhibition)
This Building for Hope, solo site specific exhibition and externally sited work
The Midland Hotel, Morecambe