My art practice is about my personal experience of the fragility of life; exploring the nature of domestic warmth and the outside risks that threaten to destroy it. I explore memories of motherhood and the subsequent grief through storytelling with childhood objects, vivid dreams and my imagination. These are the things left behind after a child has gone. The playful aspect of toys and puppets can be ambiguous; at once reassuring and yet unsettling, they serve to emphasise the owner’s absence. And as often in life, things are not always as they appear to be on the surface and something more sinister can be going on behind the scenes. I aim to capture the feeling and atmosphere of those objects or memories, not only at that moment in time but also for what they represented in the past. Fragments of haunting memories.
I explore my ideas through drawing, painting and intaglio printmaking. Drawing from my imagination has become an increasingly important part of my work which flows into my watercolour and oil paintings. I use traditional gesso panels that I make by hand and build up the oil paint in layers to reveal the imagery with a worn, aged character. I also make miniature dolls and puppets out of clay to dolls’ house 1:12 scale and set these up in domestic scenarios within a room which I can then draw from. Each doll has a particular meaning be it mother, child, nurse, carer or death itself.
“If we had a keen vision of all that is ordinary in human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow or the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which is the other side of silence. “
Quote from ‘Middlemarch’ by George Eliot.
I studied my BA hons at Glasgow School of Art and after working as a bespoke wallpaper designer in London continued further study in Printmaking at Leith School of Art (2018-2019) followed by Figure Painting (2019-20) where I was awarded the Figurative Painting Prize 2020.
'Flaming June', The BirdsNest Gallery, Edinburgh, June 2022
Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair, The BirdsNest Gallery, Glasgow 27-29 May 2022
A Woman's Touch, The BirdsNest Gallery, Edinburgh 15 March - 14 May 2022
‘Liminal’ group show at St. Margaret’s House Edinburgh 20 November 2021.
'Beneath the Surface', Whitespace Gallery 17-23 September 2021
East Linton Art Show, online 1-30 September 2021
Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, London November 2020
Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, London November 2019
Macmillan Art Show Edinburgh, November 2019
Art & Anatomy Anatomical Museum, Edinburgh University August 2019
'Threads' Exhibition at the Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh 6-16 March 2019
Hidden Door Christmas Art Fundraiser December 2018
Painting sold to private collection in Basel, Switzerland 2018
'Threads' Exhibition at the Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh 13-24 March 2018