ARTIST STATEMENT

I am an artist and researcher working with methods of fictioning and performativity as critical, creative and speculative tools in contemporary art practice.  My work addresses the shifting status of subjectivity in a time of techno-scientific acceleration, environmental change and social-political instability through textual, performative, film and object-based artworks. I am interested in materialisms, in ‘things’ and their social, cultural, political affects and how artistic practice can disrupt and reimagine cultural narratives in relation to the increasingly entangled worlds of human and nonhuman. I aim to foster speculative engagement with dynamic more-than-human agencies that disrupt textual codes and fabricate speculative and disobedient objects, technologies and encounters. I am preoccupied with how traditional forms of scholarship and art production can be reconstituted, and how new methods of material-discursive praxis can be co-constructed through relational and distributed forms of research and practice.

BIO

I was born in Manchester and currently live and work in London. I have a Master’s in Fine Art from Slade School of Fine Art, University College London and a BA in Theatre and Performance from the University of Leeds. As an artist, researcher and lecturer I have presented my work internationally. This has included group and solo exhibitions, performances, screenings and projects at: ICA, IMT Gallery, Barbican Art Gallery, [space], Art 13 Art Fair (London); Tramway (Glasgow), Manchester Art Gallery (Manchester), mima (Middlesbrough) HIAP Frontiers of Retreat (Helsinki), DAM Projects A_SPACE (London), Jerome Zodo Contemporary (Milan), Bòlit Contemporary Arts Centre (Girona), Lydgalleriet (Bergen) OFF COURSE Art Fair (Brussels), ArtVerona Art Project Fair (Verona), International Festival of Contemporary Arts (Ljubljana).

I have presented research papers at the International Conference on Artistic Research (Royal Academy of Art, The Hague) and The Posthuman Glossary (Utrecht University). In 2015 I convened The Posthuman and Art Research Group comprised of artists and curators from across Europe and North America; we have presented collaboratively at the 7th Annual Conference in New Materialism (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw) and Open Fields International Conference (Riga, Latvia). I have attended training schools at advanced-masters level including: The Tale Telling’s and Retellings led by Prof. Marina Warner at University of Essex, Posthuman Aesthetics at Aarhaus University, Human/Inhuman/Posthuman led by Prof. Rosi Braidotti at Utrecht University, New Materialism Training School at Tate Modern, Artist Writing / Artist Production led by Julieta Aranda at The New Centre for Research & Practice and Digital Thresholds led by Daniel Rourke at Tate Modern.

I have worked as a researcher at TATE and UCL Art Museum London and have organised large-scale international conferences, symposia and research events. I have lectured and led modules in performance and contemporary art practice at Universities including: Queen Mary University of London, Goldsmiths University of London, Trinity Laban, Chichester University and University of East London. I have been shortlisted for the Arts Foundation Fellowship, Academy Now, New Sensations, UKYA British Art Showcase, and received grants from Arts Council England, Artsadmin Bursary, Slade Bursary and Equity Charitable Trust.

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