I am an artist placemaker.
I create site specific and place inspired work that is firmly rooted in the land and influenced by my local environment. As a recent transplant to the US, my art is a personal inquiry into connecting and reconciling my sense of place in a culture that isn’t my own; a dedication to “painting my way home” – a continual search for that place which feels comfortable, safe and secure. I walk daily in search of connection with the earth, looking for similarities between my geographic home and my birth place. Sometimes I find this connection in the plants, which I use as natural dyes; sometimes it’s a sound that sparks a memory, or a shady path that transports me back to the verdant woods of England.
On a communal level, my work is a call to protect nature’s abundant resources. Firmly rooted in slow design and eco practices, my studio is chemical and solvent free, and I work largely with pre-loved or organic materials. My practice is a celebration of Earth and encourages the viewer to recognize that we all find our “home” on the same planet, share the same resources, and as such we are all interconnected; there is a place for us all.
The works are created intuitively: layers upon layers of cloth, paper, dye and paint. My love of line emerges, is hidden and then re-emerges as I add, subtract, conceal then reveal. I play with the materiality of place, leaving works outside to weather, burying cloth to take on the marks of the earth, placing the land directly on my work. The works are my personal cartography: maps of residual memories, landscapes becoming figures, directions home, way finders. Art as a personal compass. Art as Soul Medicine.