ARTIST STATEMENT

I am an artist working across text, performance, film and sculptural assemblage. I work with methods of fictioning and performativity as critical, creative and speculative tools. My practice seeks to reimagine cultural narratives in relation to the entangled worlds of the human and nonhuman, and explores how such relations are co-constructed and performed. 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 expanded forms of research and practice. Current projects involve a series of performative-poetic writings with minerals, algae and organisms, some of which has recently been published in SomethingOther. I am also working on a commission with the Centre for Geohumanities at Royal Holloway University. I have a collaborative practice Matterlurgy with artist Mark Peter Wright and co-convene an international research group on Posthumanism and Art 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.