MY PRACTICE EXPLORES THE TENSION BETWEEN EARNEST EXPRESSION AND ARTIFICIALITY. I AM INTERESTED IN HOW SINCERITY IS SUBJECT TO BECOMING CLICHÉD THROUGH THE LENS OF PERFORMATIVITY IN RELATION TO THE PROCESS OF ART-MAKING, INVESTIGATING THE STYLISATION OF EXPRESSION THROUGH GESTURE AND THE MOVING IMAGE.
Through a prioritisation of playfulness, I look at the language in the moving image which has come to signify ‘sincerity’ to celebrate that which is considered the seemingly opposite: Pop and Kitsch. I am interested in questioning this ‘sincerity’ through taking it apart. For this, I use the DIY aesthetic against itself, employing it to carry out exaggeration and gimmick rather than as a way to de-establish illusionism. I borrow from the typology of pop and entertainment as a statement against the hierarchical understandings of the Fine Art moving image in relation to its entertainment-based iterations. I want to highlight that there is a fallacy within this, in the assumption that this visual transparency is synonymous with earnestness. With this, I aim to go back to basics-- to merely celebrate of the act of art-making. Most importantly, however, at the core of my practice, is the desire to have fun and a bit of a laugh.
2015 - 2020
MA Fine Art and History of Art, The Edinburgh College of Art.
Foundation Diploma, Arts University Bournemouth.
The Circle Works, 'Screen Testing' selected in festival programme, Aachen, Germany.
Field Test, field in the Irish countryside, curated by Aideen Barry.
MAFAf*ckers, Edinburgh College of Art.
5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Edinburgh College of Art.
CREEP: The Worm Return, Paradise Palms, Edinburgh. Co-hosted and produced by myself and Ellie Beale.
Third Year Show, St Margaret's House, Edinburgh.
CREEP!, The Arches, Edinburgh. Co-hosted and organised by myself and Ellie Beale.
Quickie, flat exhibition on Dundas street, Edinburgh.
104, Edinburgh College of Art.
TRAVESTY, The Wee Red Bar. Co-hosted and organised by myself and Samuel Froggart.
First Year Show, Edinburgh College of Art.
Young Bournemouth Artists, Exhibition in my kitchen (after Hans-Ulrich Obrist).
The Circle Works Short Film Festival,
Battery Pack by Neon Books, shortlisted for microfiction open call,
online publication (September Issue).
FutureLab, West Bund Art Centre (Shanghai),
ECA Online Degree Show,