The work explores how we make sense of place and seek to belong through bodily experience. While wandering through unfamiliar Norwegian landscapes with no direction, no destination, and only a starting point to which to eventually return, I endeavoured to 'take part in the existence of things' as Keats describes it.
Encounters with Glacial Erratics during my explorations gave a feeling of immediate affinity. Like me, they appeared as aliens in the landscape, transported from another place. They stand out from their surroundings, left behind when the glacial ice melted and carried them along no longer.
The box work attempts to encapsulate the physical and emotional relationship to place and relate it to an audience through writing, drawing, photography and small scale 3D paper sculpture. It is an amalgam of truth and fiction, a conversation between physical place and interior landscape.
Erratic Encounters, Artist Book, 2020, 330mm x 331mm x 50mm, edition of 5
Erratic Boulders encountered during walks in the Hardanger Region of Norway have been photographed and isolated from their natural surroundings.
The resulting lack of understanding of scale, depth and relationship with environmental contexts mirrors the process of uprooting and involuntary migration, which they underwent as part of glacial movements. It encourages a re-reading of the boulders as things that are far from inanimate and dead, but things through which we can think, experience and feel. The audience is confronted with shadows and traces of things that are no longer visible in the image, creating moments of confusion and frustration.
Erratic Boulders, series of Giclée Prints, 420mm x 594mm
Pebbles washed up and collected during walks on the shoreline have been drawn and carved into woodblocks to then be randomly reassembled in the printing progress, further layers are added through chine-collé collage. The title alludes to the importance of the object at the same time as alluding to the norse word for assembly or council.
The assemblages play with repetitions of shapes and randomness, fragmentation and reconfiguartion.
Water-based Woodblock Prints (Mokuhanga) on Japanese Kozo paper, 2018
Various Wooden Wedges
Fourteen wooden wedges and a piece of cardboard, which were collected from around Manchester School of Art offices and workshops, where they are used to prop open doors are compiled in this minimalist book.
Various Wooden Wedges is an homage to Ed Ruscha.
Soft cover stapled pamphlet, edition of 25.
Around 30% of households in Britain are single occupancy. The number is rising.
Single Occupancy Fridges is an ongoing series of drawings that offer a glimpse into the food habits of one person households. They are also portraits of people who have chosen solo living.
The Mrs Day Collections is a collaboration with artist Jacqueline Butler. The work addresses the authenticity of archives and collections and the notion of memory through artistic exploration and response.
Home Truths: The ‘Life’ of Mrs Olive G. Day, Installation, Holden Gallery, Manchester, 2009
Victory Garden: The ‘Life’ of Mrs Olive G. Day, Installation, RHS Tatton Flower Show, 2013
Mrs Olive G Day's Portable Archive Box, Media Materiality: Towards Critical Economies in "New" Media, Asterisk Gallery, San Francisco, USA, 2015.
Home from Home
Having left Germany, the place of my origin, notions of home, belonging, heimat and dislocation appear regularly in my work.
The static caravan that offers a home from home, a break from everyday life, yet still contains the usual traces of domestic activity and hints of its owner's identity has always held a certain fascination for me.
Home from Home, Rosbeg, Co. Mayo, Ireland, 2008
Zuhause is an exploration of the family home and local surroundings I grew up in, in Germany.
'Unchanging as the village is, he will never again see it as he did before he left. He is seen differently, and he sees differently.' John Berger
Zuhause, c-type prints, 2005
Zuhause, publication, 2005
World Famed Hooks and Eyes contains a collection of objects that are connected to domestiticity and therefore the female. The book explores the rituals of handing down and passing on; the inheritance of values and skills transferred and evolved through the female line and how this activity is evidenced in everyday objects that are found around the home.
World Famed Hook and Eyes, Edition of 20, September 2006