I describe myself as an artist and educator with a research led practice that predominantly investigates our contingent dynamic with the natural environment: often probing the space between the encounter and the mediated experience. Adopting variant, layered, and collaborative modes of enquiry, I attempt to make nuanced responses that will prompt imaginative dialogue and generate renewed understandings.
My art outputs are diverse and often playful, situated both in gated and public realms; encompassing and frequently fusing traditional, digital, temporal and relational art forms.
Enduring interests include the parallels between the worlds of art and agriculture, as sites of durational performative activity, production, and uncertainty. Drawing on my own experience of living on a small working farm, I am currently investigating and trying to find resonant ways to articulate the particular kinds of knowledge, eg situated, tacit, embodied, which may be acquired through working with the land over time. And considering how these understandings may be played out ; modelling the natural environment around us.
Not insignificantly, I have mainly lived and worked in rural areas, both in my native Scotland and in Cornwall where I have been based for the past 6 years. After studying sculpture in Aberdeen, I wandered the wilderness between working in various spheres including conservation and healthcare, both in the UK and the global south, before completing a post graduate course in community education. I have been engaged as an artist/educator/curator widely since 1997.
Recent commissions include a legacy public artwork for Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, installed Dec 2011, and a temporary site-specific work for North Wyke, Soil and Grassland Research Station, Devon, presented in May 2012.
__CMR is an artist-led initiative designed to create a community of artists who will exhibit and flourish within this three storey building. It is a voluntary-run organisation and project. We aim to be all inclusive; we aim to encourage adventurous work that will respond and challenge not only to CMR’s various spaces but also the broader Contemporary Art landscape of Cornwall.
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Membership is open to artists, makers, curators, writers and thinkers at all stages of their careers who are interested in developing a rigorous, critically engaged level of contemporary practice, and who are interested in actively contributing to help promote the overall well-being of the project.
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