"I draw. I think through philosophical ideas and socio-political questions by drawing in the expanded field. The area of philosophy that I am currently interested in is that of environmental ethics, and impact humanity and the natural world have on one another. I enjoy drawing from observation, but I'm also interested in how I can expand upon traditional drawing processes and take them off the page and into other artforms, such as sculpture, installation and participation. Layers and connections are important in my practice; the intellectual, sensual and materia tends to sit in relation to the concepts, subjects, media and contexts I find myself exploring.
My practice also has an activist element to it. As well as engaging in environmental activism, I also co-founded The Critical Fish (an accessible critical arts journal) and champion wider inclusion and participation within the arts."
Artist Statement (artspeak)
My work responds to philosophical questions by systematically dissecting, capturing, interrogating and translating thoughts and experiences through collage and by drawing in the expanded field. I’m interested in the processes behind thinking, observation, conceptual knowledge and how we respond to those things, and I feel we can move towards understanding and challenging our interpretations of reality through the acts of traditional and contemporary drawing. The rhizomatic nature of knowledge and understanding informs the development of my work, where the intellectual, sensual and material sits in relation to the concepts, subjects, media, contexts and surfaces explored within my participatory practice.
My previous work investigated the nature of reality and subjective perception, but my current exploration into the coast is influenced by environmental philosophy, with specific attention to the issues surrounding environmentalism, Deep Ecology, the aesthetic and intrinsic values of nature and eco-phenomenology. The most recent collection of work considers the tension between man’s recklessness and organic ecosystems, whilst celebrating the coastal aesthetic
Who are we in relation to the world around us?
How do we experience nature?
What roles do man and nature play, and how do they impact one another? .