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 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 project 'Looking Back|Moving Forward' at In Certain Places, Preston in September 2015. You can also currently view my commission for 'Finding Treblinka', at the Museum of Treblinka, Poland until Febraury 2016. You can read about my current work in 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 Summer 2016.
To follow my project blog click here. The project is funded by Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England, Blackpool Council and UcLan.
LOOKING BACK|MOVING FORWARDS
In Certain Places Project Space
Spring 2016More information to follow.
Grundy Art Gallery
More information to follow.