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I am interested in the surface of things. Very often the surface is misleading, hiding what lies beneath. A palimpsest is the erased past affecting the present, such as an archeological site affecting the surface in a drought. I scratch the surface, looking for what lies beneath, using sandpaper to create rubbings that damage the paper, sometimes creating holes; like scratching an itch, a recording of the irritation. Following a career in photography, I now use more nascent materials such as paper and graphite, as well as experimental photography, to create large physical pieces that tread a line between drawing and sculpture.
Rubbings: - Paper, graphite, floor polish 2017/18
Stories from the floor series: - Unique Chemigrams 2018
This exhibition was the culmination of a residency at Make, where I worked with the tension between the urban industrial environment around Make and the rural agricultural North Wales, my home.
The residency was a post graduate award from LJMU where I recently completed an MA in Fine Art. I am very grateful to both Make and LJMU for their support.