My practice explores digital video’s ability to resonate physical texture, questioning the mediums aesthetic mark making qualities and its potential to ‘represent’. These visual enquiries were born out of a comment made (whilst I was on residency in the Peak District) by an audio visual technician in the summer of 2011; he said simply ‘Your work is very textural’.
My pieces are constructed through the multiple layering of self-recorded digital video, one completed creation can contain thousands of layers of moving imagery. To me a single piece of video is a dynamic complex aesthetic brushstroke of changing tone over time.
Repetitious structures and tonal flows within natural landscapes forms the basis of my aesthetic output. Intrigued by conversations between; the ordered, binary consistency of digital technologies against the more chaotic, dispersed depth of the organic.
Gathering source material has evolved over the years; originally I would record using digital film out in the Essex countryside; since my move to West Wales there has been an increase of experimentations utilising screen-grab recording technology (see “An Oblong of Pink” and “A Streak of Yellow”) and portable android devices.
Within these increasingly depressing, politically charged times new subtle conceptual dialogues within broader geopolitical discourses within societal digitalization.
Artistic influences are constantly being absorbed from a variety of angles but I have special appreciations for artists who illustrate and interrogate the silent environmental sublime; examples being JWM Turner, Claude Monet and Olafur Eliasson.
Currently my practice is based in Ceredigion, West Wales after moving from Essex in 2015. Graduated with a BA (hons) in Fine Art from Colchester School of Art and Design in 2003, going on to receive Cuckoo Farm Studio’s inaugural Graduate Award. Exhibited both nationally and internationally, working with institutions such as Arts Council Wales, Firstsite, ICA, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Arts Council England, Essex County County, and CADE (Centre for the Arts and Design in the Environment).
B.A.Hons, 2003, Fine Art, Colchester School of Art and Design
BTEC Foundation Diploma, 2000, Fine Art, Colchester School of Art and Design
Graduate scholarship award, 2003-2004, Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester.
Grants For The Arts, Arts Council England Funding for ‘Fallen (The seasonal Sound of Senescence)’, residency, September 2010 – May 2011.
Grants For The Arts, Arts Council England funding for ‘Butterfly Effect’ Sept 2014-Jan 2015, collaboration with sculptor Em Milner, facilitated by firstsite, working with SEN school children.
Llosgi Gwynt – Aberystwyth Arts Centre, project exploring Wind Power in the Aberytstwyth area, spring 2015
Power In The Land – Anglesey, project exploring the decommissioning of Wylfa nuclear power plant, 2014-ongoing
Butterfly Effect – supported by firstsite and Arts Council England, 2014
Artist In Residence, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales, 3 months, 2013
‘Soundworks’ ICA, Sound commission, 2012, nominated by firstsite.
Re:place, Level Centre, Rowsley, Peak District 2011
Fallen (Seasonal Sound of Senescence), CADE (Centre for the Art and Design in the Environment), Writtle College, Residency 2010-11, Supported by Arts Council England (and by firstsite)
Footfall, Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester, Residency 2010
15 Days 15 Artists, firstsite, Colchester, 2009
‘Journey To The Podium’, working with Olympian Chloe Rogers (Hockey), Essex County Council and 2012 Legacy Team, commission, 2009.
Short listed for Loch Lomond and Trossach’s National Park Residency, 2013
(Group unless stated)
Power in the Land – Bay Art Gallery, Cardiff
Power in the Land – Chapter, Cardiff (talk and screening)
Phantom – Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge
Power in the Land – Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Power in the Land – Mostyn, Llandudno (screening).
Power in the Land – Oriel Davies, Newtown
Power In The Land – Modern Art Oxford (talk and screening)
Shell – The Old Spode Works, Stoke-on-Trent
Chelmsford: Still Loves Radio – Industrial Unit, Anne Knight Spaces, Chelmsford, Essex
Butterfly Effect – firstsite, Colchester
I Like This Place and Would Willingly Waste My Time In It – Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Wales
Chateau Marmot, pop up restaurant, London
Kast Et Blik, Kunstpakhuset, Ikast, Denmark
Open Studios, End Of Residency Show, Aberystwyth Arts Centre Studios.
Journey To The Podium, Houses of Parliament, London.
Soundworks, ICA, London,
Last Friday Night Shorts, TAP, Southend-on-Sea
Journey To The Podium, Gibbert Gallery, Southend on Sea
17 Days, The Brett Llewellyn Art Gallery, Alfred State college, Alfred NY, USA
Journey to the Podium, Rayleigh Windmill, Essex
Fallen, Writtle College, Essex, SOLO (End of residency, collaboration with plant scientists Ron Fryer and Margaret Somerville)
17 Days, Frostic Gallery, Kalamazoo, MI, USA
Fallen pt 1, Writtle College, Essex SOLO
Journey To The Podium, Gibberd Gallery, Harlow, Essex
Media Façade Festival Europe, Collegium Hungaricum, Berlin, Germany
Outside 2010, Collaboration with Danish artist Stephanie Donsø, Colchester,
Footfall, End of residency show, Benham Gallery, Colchester,
Journey To The Podium, WH Community Stadium, Colchester
4day Exhibition, Kings Place Theatre, London, SOLO
Swimming Without Water, Moseley Rd Baths, Birmingham
15 Days 15 Artists, firstsite, Colchester, Essex
Exposure, TAP, Southend-on-Sea, Essex
Open Studios, The Benham Gallery, Colchester, Essex
Seing Sound, Bath University, Bath
Essex Summer of Art, Hylands House, Chelmsford, Essex
Transition, The Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London
Urban Screens Shorts, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Wide Open, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, Illinois, USA
Winter Lights, Benham Gallery, Colchester
St Hamilton School Auction, St Hamilton School, Colchester
Over Bakke Og Dal…, Mosting Hus, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Streaming Festival, Online, The Hague, Netherlands
Urban Screens 08, Fed Square, Melbourne, Australia
Sound:Space, Digital Media Centre, Bracknell, Berks
Cuckoo Farm Studios Show, The Benham Gallery, Colchester
Open Studio Exhibition, Life Gallery Cafe, Colchester
Prelude Art Fair, Spitalfields, London
Season 3, Outcasting.org, Online Video Exhibition
Mona Lisa Project, Essex University Gallery, Colchester
“Long Established Mediums Harmonize with New Media”, The Lloyd Gill Gallery, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset
Cuckoo Farm Studios Show, Life Gallery, Colchester.
“An Emotional Journey”, Mansfield Museum, Mansfield, Notts.
“Posted3”, SkartArt, website, Cork, Ireland.
“InterAlia”, Abandoned shop, Chelmsford, Essex.
“Mini Print 2007”, Artlink Gallery, Hull, Kingston-upon-Hull.
“Winter Lights”,The Benham Gallery, Colchester, Essex.
Video Art Showcase 2007, St Mary, Key Arts, Ipswich, Suffolk.
“Worldwide Moving Image 3”, E32, New York City, USA.
“Enclosure”, The Benham Gallery, Colchester, Essex.
“Replenish”, Saltburn Gallery, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Redcar and Cleveland.
Sonic Ripples, Hector Croot, Estate Agents, Colchester, Essex. SOLO
Cuckoo Farm Studios Show, Naze Tower, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex.
Open Studios Exhibition, Life Gallery Cafe, Colchester, Essex.
Open Studios, Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester, Essex.
“Prelude” Art Fair, Spitalfields, London.
“Winter Lights”, The Benham Gallery, Cuckoo Farm Studios, Essex.
‘Echoing Ur Sound’, Benham Gallery, Colchester, Essex. SOLO
Open Studios Xmas Show, Life Gallery Café, Colchester, Essex.
Open Studios Show, Life Gallery Café, Colchester, Essex.
Cuckoo Farm Studios Show, The Babylon Gallery, Ely, Cambridgeshire.
“Winter Lights”, The Benham Gallery, Colchester, Essex.
Cuckoo Farm Studios Show, Life Gallery Cafe, Colchester, Essex.
Cuckoo Farm Studios Show, The Pond Gallery,Snape Maltings, Suffolk.
Cuckoo Farm studios Show, The Minories, Colchester, Essex.
“Winter Lights”, The Benham Gallery, Colchester, Essex.
Cuckoo Farm Studios Show, Inkpen Downie, Colchester, Essex.
Sonic Circled, Benham Gallery, Colchester, Essex. SOLO
Sonic Circles, Hay Gallery, Colchester, Essex. SOLO
Outside, Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester, Essex.
Print Show, The Benham Gallery, Colchester, Essex.
Cuckoo Farm Studios Show, Buckenham Gallery, Southwold, Suffolk.
Winter Lights, Benham Gallery, Colchester, Essex.
Free Range, Graduate Show, Old Truman Brewery, London.
Graduate Show, Colchester School of Art, Essex.
Untitled Show, Life Gallery Cafe, Colchester, Essex.
Events organiser for Cuckoo Farm Studios 2011
Open Studios Show 2009, Cuckoo Farm Studios (alongside Hazel Harvey)
Outside 09, Outdoor new media trail, supported by ACE and firstsite, 2009, as part of a cross mentorship scheme alongside Linda Theophilus.
‘Tiny Little Echoes’, Sound Curator, Artselector.com, Aug-Sept 2008
Surrounds: Outside 2008, Art Trail, Cuckoo Farm Studios, Aug/Sept 2008
Winter Lights 2008, Cuckoo Farm Studios (alongside Pam Schomberg)
Short listed for CD:EK, Kent curatorial commission, 2010
Short Listed, Beyond the Frame, ECC, curatorial commission, 2010
Running ‘The Benham Gallery’ 2011 – Liz Lake Residency, Rachael Allen Residency, Open Studios Showcase, 2011
Talks, Interviews, Extras.
Graphic designer for Lle Celf Capel y Graig 2016-present
Power In The Land, book publication, 2016
Created and designed Power In The Land website powerintheland.co.uk
CCQ (Culture Colony Quarterly) Magazine, online article.
Impressionism In A Digital Age:Tim Skinner by Jen Loffman
Butterfly Effect interview with Colchester Gazette
Butterfly Effect workshops with primary s SEN school children at firstsite
Butterfly Effect live talk BBC radio Essex
My practice, talk, Aberystwyth School of Art.
My practice, residency talk, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Kunst Nu. Online Article – Kast Et Blik
Soundworks, ICA, online talk, 19th July, 2012
Wallpaper magazine in regards to ICA exhibition. 2012
Tutoring student, painting and drawing techniques.
Running The Benham Gallery
National Art Competition, region of the month, June 2011, Online
ArtMonthly, Advert, May 2011, pg1
AN Magazine, April 2011, pg19
Headed up a cross mentoring curatorial initiative between Essex University and Cuckoo Farm Studios 2011.
AN Blog, 2010
Member of firstsite artist crit group 2010 – 2012
Part of Firstsite’ Artist Support Programme. 2009
Running CFS Graduate Award Scheme 2010
Member of Cuckoo Farm Studios Events Team, 2010
Interview for Arts East magazine, 2010
Interview BBC radio Essex, for Journey To The Podium, 2010
Firstsite talk ‘cross mentoring scheme’, 2010
‘Far Away Rhythm (two years in video)’, book publication, 2010
Cuckoo Farm Studios Committee member (webmaster/graduate award/events 2009-2012)
Ran a talk with 1st year MA art teaching students, in respect to Outside Curatorial practice, 2009
Ran a talk with BA graduates in respect to graduate scholarship at Cuckoo Farm Students, 2009
Invigilation work for Firstsite, 2009
Interview with BBC Radio Essex, 2008
Curatorial interview with EADT, 2008
Interview with Essex County Standard and EADT (East Anglian Daily Times), 2004
Featured on Echobelly’s official bands website, 2001