Hospitalfields interdisciplinary artist; author, gladly beyond; she roams. Works shown at The Video Biennale Project, The Talbot Rice Gallery, 44AD Gallery, The City Arts Centre. Published in Jaws Journal of Art Writing & 50Gs magazine.
“To be able to function in the world we have to have a coherent narrative, without a coherent narrative we fall into mental illness. Narrative and autobiographical narrative is absolutely how we define ourselves.” In conversation with Lindsay Seers (2016)
My work takes a research as practice approach existing between written and visual forms, exploring the self, identity and emotion through an ongoing critique of society and neoliberalism. The work is interdisciplinary in approach and takes form through installation, sound, narrative and video art’; it can be read as a statement of intent or a call for action, “capitalist realism, is there no alternative?” (Mark Fisher) My most recent work has developed over a period of five years and has found form as self-reflexive memoir.
My writing has been featured in Jaws Journal of Art Writing (published by Intellect Books), 50gs online magazine and in Alice Furse's
A Catalogue of Failure. and in 2016 I was shortlisted for the Jerwood artist award. In 2017 I was awarded an interdisciplinary artist residency at Hospitalfields based on an ongoing enquiry into autobiographical writing.
Previous & Pending Exhibitions & Projects
2020 Completion of debut Novel, gladly;beyond she roams // 2019 research as practice - The Isle of Foula // 2019 The Nature of Creativity and Contemplative Practice, Holy Isle (professional development) // 2018 Mentor @ Barn Arts, Aberdeenshire // Selected artist: Hospitalfields interdisciplinary residency, Arbroath (Nov 2017) // Co Founder & artist @ BONKERS Contemporary (exhibiting in Oct 2017) // Invited artist: What is home? A film response @ Bath Arts Festival (June 2017)// Selected Artist: The tip of my tongue A film response @ Bath Arts Festival (June 2017)// Selected Artist: Projected Histories @tbc (sound installation June 2017) Selected Artist: The Biennale Project - Online & large scale digital presentation held in Venice during the opening of the Venice Biennale (May 2017) //Invited artist: Exploited Reality Video Exhibition @ Trowbridge Arts Centre (March - April 2017) // Don Salon, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh (March 2017) // Selected artist: ART+TEXT exhibition @44AD Gallery in Bath (Feb 2017) // Selected artist: Genius Loci exhibition @ the City Art Centre in Edinburgh (Feb 2017) // BONKERS exhibition @ Whitespace Gallery (Aug 2016) // Degree show exhibition @ Edinburgh College of Art (Aug 2016) // A critical review of Rachel Maclean's film, “Feed Me” published in JAWS Journal of Art Writing (June 2016) // Interim exhibition @ Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh (May 2016) // Water on Mars exhibition @ The Number Shop, Edinburgh (Oct 2015) //A world of Ego @ Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh (2015)
Of Interest// Attended Analogy Loom SUPERLUX Workshop with Duncan Marquis & Nicole Yip in Dundee (May 2017) // Attended Monologue as Dialogue Symposium by Claire Walsh and Suzanne Van Der Lingen @ Edinburgh Art College (March 2017) // Attended the Symposium: The End of Neoliberalism? In London (Alex Williams was a keynote speaker.) (Dec 2016, self funded) //Attended Retune Digital Art & Technology Festival in Berlin (Nov 2016, self funded) // Member of all female writing group, we meet weekly @The National Library sharing our writing and once a month hold a performative evening (May 2016- present) Participant in Crabs & Butterflies Writing & Performance event @ The Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop in Edinburgh (2016)
Awards & Recognition // Shortlisted for the Jerwood Visual Arts Artist Bursaries Award by Oliver Fuke (Gallery Manager) @ Jerwood Visual Arts and Sarah Williams (Head of Programme) @ Jerwood Visual Arts. (March 2017) //Awarded the Most Stylish Retailer by the Scottish Style awards for the Strathberry of Scotland retail concept www.strathberryofscotland.com (2013)
Career & Education 2006-2014// I worked in the fashion industry as a designer and spent considerable time overseas in Europe and China, founding the business Strathberry of Scotland. I departed to fully commit to my art practice. 2014 - 2016// Edinburgh Art College Masters, Contemporary Art Practice with distinction. Tutored by Rachel Maclean, Laura Edbrook & John Beagles, final work assessed by John Russell // 2001-2006// 1ST Class Honours Degree in European Fashion at the University College for the Creative Arts (Rochester)