Artist’s Statement

My work is concerned with the nature of connectedness, the fact of being or feeling physically, emotionally, or spiritually connected to 'others'. Addressing the colonisation of indigenous belief systems and the growing disconnect between humans, animals and plants due to hierarchical structures such as the Great Chain of Being. My work explores the absence of the voice of femaleness and the presence of 'haunting' memories within western culture as a territory in its own right, a terrain known within my work as The Nightside Garden.

Within The Nightside Garden, the body becomes a site of transgression between sculpture and skin. Reality and myth coexist through embryonic and biomorphic structures and large-scale creatures. Uncanny beasts of irregular scale lay abandoned yet seemingly potent with life force. Hybrid and figurative sculptures with musculoskeletal armatures metamorphose between plants, animals, and humans, rekindling a deep-rooted memory of abject embodiment.

I view the art of making as a defiant act of care and repair, drawing attention to subjects who have transformed into objects through the mechanisms of capitalism. Basic construction techniques such as stitching, binding and moulding highlight a non-hierarchical approach and empower what was previously seen as 'women's work'. Using various constituents such as tights, I am emphasising the context of the female body as a creative force within the materiality of the sculptures and society.

My work moves fluidly between surrealism, social sculpture, and abject art. It sets out to disrupt the narrative of everyday human conventions whilst exploring the cyclical nature of existence in relation to 'other' human and non-human beings.