I am an artist and designer with a background in illustration. I moved to Bath to develop my creative practice and deepen my understanding of ceramics. My love of clay was cultivated through various ceramics classes and studios, during my time living and working in London. The MA course has given me the freedom to innovate and experiment whilst revisiting areas of research undertaken during my Illustration undergrad. Picking up where I left off has inspired the development of a robust framework within which I can explore a multitude of outcomes, a framework which will support and energise my future projects.
Each of my creative outputs embody an aesthetic which is colourful and playful - from objects to installation and video.
Throughout the MA, British artist David Hockney has acted as my artist ‘muse’. I have been working in close dialogue with his process and writing. Hockney’s diverse approach to making has prompted the return of film-making and digital collage, processes with which I worked during my BA. Hockney has been an important figure in my research, encouraging me to look at the world somewhat differently, challenging the use of perspective, scale and colour within my work. Most importantly, I share his main creative influence - the theatre.
The theatre has been a recurring theme for me; initial explorations in this area were evident during my Illustration course. I use the framework of the theatre to outline the most important aspects of my current practice.
In order to curate my work space, I take on the role of theatre director. My stage designs are an extension of my studio, my site of production, whilst also channelling the techniques of a chosen artist.
Clay is an integral part of my practice. I like to think of the process of making with clay as the theatre 'interval'. It's a time where I am able to think, reflect and pause from the colourful stage. My clay objects are my theatre props. I direct these props on stage.
I document all of my making process and painting the stage through video. I then layer all of the small moments together to create a larger final performance.
Film-making has become a way for me to invite an audience 'backstage', sharing the thought process behind the creation of my theatre. During the recent months of working remotely, video enabled me to communicate my process not only to my peers, but to a wider audience.