My art practice is a collage of many materials and outcomes. I use whatever media or processes suit an idea. I create digital images, objects, drawings, moving image digital film, interactive performance, and installations.
I focus on universally lived daily human experiences, such as Eating, Walking and Breathing, as inspirations for my work. Through my work I aim to make visible the magic of life in what we might usually experience as just the humdrum of the ‘everyday’, to make explicit the timeless divine within the ‘ordinary’.
I particularly love the form and geometry of circles, which are at the heart of natural forms, from molecules to solar systems, and are a recurring theme in my work as symbols of totality, wholeness, the Self, the infinite, and the cyclic timelessness of life.
I am fascinated by the power of repetition as it runs through all of lives, our beating hearts, the rhythm of our steps…….. and as it occurs in visual patterns throughout nature and art, and in cultural and spiritual traditions across the whole of humanity, such as the counting of rosary, ritual drumming, music…..
Focus on rhythm, repetition and pattern offers a portal to transcendent experiences for all of us as creators, participants, observers and audience.
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Solo Performance and Exhibitions
2019 ‘The Fried Egg Café’ - for Somerset Art Works, ‘Taunton Together’, Taunton, Somerset
2019 ‘The Fried Egg Café’ - for Somerset Art Works, The Engine Room, ‘Bridgewater Together’, Bridgewater, Somerset
2018 'The (Cake) Stall of Alternative Thoughts', 'Canteen' @ TOPOS, Art Week Exeter
2018 'The (Cake) Stall of Alternative Thoughts', 'Artistic Research Will Eat Itself'
SAR 9th International Conference, University of Plymouth
2017 'Performing Plaiting' - Performance, 'Between', The Arts Institute, University of Plymouth
2017 'Performing Plaiting' - Performance, Plymouth Art Weekender, Mills Bakery, Royal William Yard,
2016 ‘Sitting on the Throne for Breathing’ - Performance, Plymouth Art Weekender, Mills Bakery, Royal William Yard, Plymouth
2015 ‘The Fried Egg Café’ - Interactive Performance and Edible Art Experience, Crosspoint, University of Plymouth
2014 ‘Rubbish’, Birdwood House, Totnes, Devon
2013 ‘Masala Mandala’ installation exhibited as part of SOAS Multi-lingualism Week,
SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London.
2012 ‘The Moving House Art Sale’ - An Open House Art Sale, Islington, London
2007 ‘Conception Cake Café’ - An Open House Edible Art Experience, Islington, London
200 ‘Mandalas and Mandorlas’. - The Literary Cafe, Islington, London
Exhibitions of Education and Community Residencies and Projects
2020 ‘Foster Family Stories’, AWEsome Artspace, Paris Street, Exeter
2020 ‘Foster Family Stories’, Online Exhibition – Daisi.org.uk
2018 'Re-boot' Uncovering Exeter's Layers of History, St Stephens Church, Exeter
2018 'Museum Machina', Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter
2017 'A Collage of the Blackdown Hills' Hemyock Healthy Living Centre, Hemyock, Devon
2018 'Canteen' @ TOPOS, Exeter Art Week
2013 ‘Parallax’ - an Exhibition by Artists of Mixed-Heritage and Mixed-Ethnicity
Curator, and Participating Artist, Mile End Art Pavillion, London www.mixed-other-art.net
2012 ‘Mixed-Other’ - an Exhibition by Artists of Mixed-Heritage and Mixed-Ethnicity
Curator, and Participating Artist, Islington Arts Factory, London www.mixed-other-art.net