Background


Originally from a village near Hull in East Yorkshire I grew up by the sea to a stay at home older Dad and a full time working Mum. Feminism was part of my upbringing even before I knew the word. As well as being a Northern feminist artist my background is in Sociology and British Sign Language (BSL). I have Interpreted between BSL and English professionally for twelve years and the use of BSL and visual communication is currently featuring heavily in my art practice. The power dynamics of being an Interpreter have also been a source for my art practice and I am exploring these with various methods of audience/participant engagement. Research is a huge part of my practice and more recently I have begun to investigate how socially engaged practice can act as a form of research, engaging with people as research rather than research solely being an abstract element of my practice.

What has always been of interest to me has been language and this is what I am continuing to explore in my MA, and more specifically how we each translate information and what power such translating has.

 I live in Aldershot, Hampshire, and am due to finish a part-time MA in Fine Art at UCA Farnham in August 2017. I am also FiLiA Artist in residence 2017.