… to observe, encounter, capture, collect and transform…
My projects emanate from a personal approach to camera-art, digital image-making and collage that has been evolving since 2010.
To date, 'performance' has been an important catalyst through which I explore my creative practice, allowing me to collaborate with a wide range artists, performers and companies.
I seek to generate beautiful pictures that can be read like chapters in a larger whole – images that migrate between live performance and visual practice. I employ an experimental approach to photographic processes. Layering is a critical component to my visual interpretations and interventions, e.g. through collage, multiple-exposures, blurring, transposing, embedding text and image into a pre-existing publication. Each layer can be seen to communicate with another – from whole to parts, from personal to collective, from subjective to objective.
I employ a whole host of optical surfaces and filters to use as camera lenses e.g. thin slices of lemon, light bulbs, crystals, pre-existing negative slides and handmade filters – eg. plastic boxes filled with honey, molasses, crude and refined oils – and my collections of old, new and toy cameras.
Each project I undertake demands a visual vocabulary specific to its own poetics, creative intentions and objectives. Every project accumulates its own significant texts, audios, objects and camera lenses; collecting is integral to how I create images and has become an artistic discipline in itself. My collections can later be transformed into digital layers and/or provoke new ways of framing an image.
Past projects using these artistic methods have resulted in theatrical and documentary art-works of performance processes and research, and outcomes, exhibitions (prints and canvases), digital stories, photo-blogs, small paginations, postcards, bookmark design, calendar (2015), installations and large-scale projections;
Beyond Wales, I have worked with Punchdrunk, based in London, The Republic of the Imagination, in Serbia, Director, Firenza Guidi, on QuiXote - the XXII International Performance School in Fucecchio; collaborated with theatre director and radical performer, Gabriella Sacco, to create/produce the Secret Girl suite. However, I am proud to be associated with the performative map here in Wales, and have been fortunate to work and collaborate with some of Wales' most exciting and innovative performers and performance-makers (Jo Fong, Eddie Ladd, Deborah Light, Marega Palser, Taikabox, Music Theatre Wales, Likely Story, Earthfall).
In July 2014 I was invited to undertake a year-long residency with National Theatre Wales in Cardiff. It was an absolute joy and allowed me to go further, dream bigger and to keep on making new and challenging discoveries.
I endeavour to establish and disseminate experimental creative-projects in abundance, with meaningful and magical outcomes.
Artist-in-Residence - National Theatre Wales
Jul 2014 - Dec 2015
Art and Art History - BA - UWIC (now Cardiff Metropolitan University)
Sep 2006 - Jun 2012
- Adobe InDesign
- Adobe Photoshop
- Alternative photographic techniques
- Apple Mac
- Art History
- Art Journalling
- Creative research
- Creative writing
- Cultural Theory
- Digital Photo Manipulation
- Digital Photography
- Digital Storytelling
- Documentary Photography
- Experimental photography
- Market Research
- Mounting exhibition displays
- Performance Photography
- Poster Design
- Project Management