About the body of works

Objects and Artefacts

A body of work completed in response to working with The Harborough Museum in 2011; through School workshops and Artist in residence sessions.

Working from the exhibits, including The Hallaton Treasure, Shoe Workshop and displays recording local industry; a series of recordings and mixed – media experiments led to a range of pieces that explored the concept of objects and artefacts and when one becomes the other. Everyday objects from 50 or hundreds of years ago tell stories of human existence, culture, art and a way of life. Displayed in cases, restored and documented they take on the title of Artefacts.

Coming at a time of worldwide financial recession, questions about our addiction to consumerism and debt and what it means to be British were high on the agenda. Images of artefacts from the museum and everyday objects are brought together using found and recycled materials, print, collage and plastic manipulation. Stitching and text connect the various elements together exploring our lives now but evoking ideas of memory, the handmade, history and times past.

Written on The Body

This work was completed as part of a Fine Art MA at Nottingham Trent University in 2007

Working from the figure; this body of work deals with the physical and emotional ties that make up modern relationships. Line is used to explore the couple as landscape and through layering and stitching aims to represent the complex and varied nature of relationships. Pattern pieces and stitching are used to represent the shapes and contours that describe the body and how relationships are often a series of pieces held together by many fragile threads. Stitching is used as a means of joining and connecting layers and the stitches both pierce the work and sit on the surface. The sewing machine is used as a drawing tool working freehand over the original artwork.

Drawing on a large scale from life models, using collage, hand written text and stitching develops a series of layers. Charcoal and graphite lines and marks are re-interpreted through stitch.

Close up subtle details of mark, gesture, stitch and texture can be seen. From a distance the scale and impact of these intimate and sensitive portraits of couples is evident.

‘Yours Frankly’
A multi-media event performed at ‘The Loft’ in Leeds

‘Yours Frankly’ evolved from a collaboration between the artist and Briony Marsten, a Dancer, Chorographer and Lecturer. A long standing friendship and working relationship were turned into distance collaboration. Using the normal postal service and avoiding any direct electronic forms of communication like emails, texts and face book; ‘gifts’ sent to and from the artists and dancer were embodied into work being developed at distance. The ‘gift’ exchange informed both the concepts and practical aspects of the work; and as gifts and ideas were exchanged so the work developed into a multi-media narrative of art, dance, film, installation, sound and photography.

Each collaborator was free to respond in any way they chose. My work was based in drawing, fine art and textiles; whilst Briony’s was dance, film and photography based. As the work developed over a year a narrative emerged that explored the complexities of relationships, human connections verbal, physical and written. A photographer and filmmaker were added to the mix to help present the content in the most dynamic ways possible.

Over time the work began to merge and the artist produced costumes for dancers adapted from a gift of men’s shirts but unseen by the choreographer. Drawings from the artist’s sketchbook were merged with photographs of dance stills, where the male dancer was replaced with a drawn version and projected on a huge scale. Objects arrived wrapped in personal letters and postcards from 100s of individuals were sent in return, creating an installation and monologue based on a whole range of human emotions.

The event brought all elements of the collaboration together in a vibrant and exciting experience that extended each artist’s individual practice. Collaboration is an excellent way to work and the artist is happy to consider working with other artists in this way.