My work explores partially occluded, or discarded family narratives often associated with loss and trauma. I take a multifaceted approach; deploying printmaking and textiles, alongside text and audio recordings of fragments of testimony.
I engage others in the collaborative re-fabrication of emotionally freighted photographs, objects and garments. As I work with these objects, I choose to use them as receptacles onto which I and my collaborators can project new meaning. In the 'Made Up' project I worked with my own family members and history.
I link this process of material re-fabrication with the realm of memory, where we also have the capacity to fabricate anew our narratives, realities and emotions. I find that it is through, co-making that the maker is changed along with the outcome of the work, and that through working with an ‘original’ artefact the past can be addressed by actions of making in the present.
Achievements & Experience
I completed an MA in Multidisciplinary Printmaking in 2020 at the University of West England. My work also rests on study of Sociology at Anglia Ruskin University (First Class BA Honours) and at London School of Economics (MA Sociology Research) where I focused on the intersection between sociological and psychoanalytical approaches to atrocities, memory and the unconscious. Through community based work in the UK I also have many years experience of listening to stories of loss, survival (and sometimes recovery) of many individuals in various communities whose voices are marginalised.
I have worked in the community voluntary and public sector for many years with disadvantaged communities, have conducted sociology research using qualitative interviews, conducted oral history interviews and been involved in community based participatory art projects.