I am an artist based in Cardigan in West Wales. My work encompasses animation, painting and printmaking. I studied painting at Newcastle Polytechnic but became attracted to the possibilities of animation whilst experimenting with techniques in my fine art practice.
My work explores ideas at the heart of our relationship with the ‘natural’ world, place and landscape. I’m drawn to investigating links between the subjective, scientific and social/ historical aspects, especially those that are obscure or concealed. Active research is integral to my creative process, frequently working with primary sources to shape my understanding and inform my explorations of contemporary mythos.
I often work place-sensitively; observing and collecting found objects and fragments of detritus, then manipulating these elements in a virtual space to create animated assemblages. These act as triggers for the viewer, sometimes suggestive of a wider narrative or hidden processes at play behind the visible.
I have just completed a two year Creative Wales Award from the Arts Council of Wales, developing practice-based research that examines contemporary manifestations of Genii Loci.
Recently I’ve been working on a response to Alan Garner’s novel ‘The Owl Service’ for the Literary Atlas Wales project. A work-in-progress was shown at the Royal Geographic Society International conference 2018 and a subsequent touring exhibition ‘Cartographic Imaginaries’ ran throughout 2019, culminating in a month long show at the Senedd Cymru / Welsh Parliament in early 2020.
An article about the ideas and making of a new work ‘Chain Home West’ was published in the May 2020 edition of Moving Image Artist Journal